Sri Lanka is the fastest aging country in South Asia
1 de octubre de 2020, 10:47Colombo, Oct 1 (Prensa Latina) Sri Lanka is the fastest aging country in the South Asian region, with more than 14 million people over the age of 55, it was reported here today.
The people aged 65 and over in Sri Lanka is increasing rapidly, compared to other developing countries in South Asia, reflects the Daily Mirror newspaper.
Soon Sri Lanka will have an unprecedented demographic situation in which the elderly population will outnumber the young population. According to projections from the United Nations Population Fund, by 2030 one in five people in Sri Lanka will be over 60 years old.
Sri Lanka's aging population will lead to many social, economic and cultural problems for individuals, families, society and the country as a whole, the newspaper warns.
A report published by the Asian Development Bank states that the proportion of the working-age population in Sri Lanka (between 15 and 64 years of age) among the total population began to decline.
It will be necessary to take into account the evolution of ways of life, as the government may have to bear a larger part of the burden of income support to old age, the report adds.
The change in the age structure and the increase will result in a significant reduction of the workforce. Meanwhile, the participation of women in the labor force is only 36 percent.
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