A falling birth rate is usually a sign of a matured wealthy developed nation, a sign of high female education rates, a sign of a society coming of age, so it is always disappointing to read of countries that seem desperate to increase their birth rate.
I have mentioned this topic before but I will hammer home my point again. Those people who decide to remain childless should be given medals and lauded as responsible citizens.
With the world population heading towards a barely supportable 10 billion, the more countries that have a falling birth rate, the better - there is certainly no shortage of people in the world. There are plenty of young people in the world we can import for our countries needs.
There is only a transitional demographic problem for the developed world anyway as we move from higher to lower birth rates. Once the birth rate has been low over a few generations the ageing population problem will fall away.
As recent IPPR research shows, the world including ourselves (1 in 10 Brits abroad) is becoming a more transient place as peoples move around between countries much more easier. This can cause problems but is generally to be welcomed as people move to the places they are happiest and can improve the efficiency of the local labour markets providing the numbers and skills required. Certainly the opposition of those on the right to immigration is difficult to square with their supposed free market principles.
So to those 1 in 4 of us without children, well done, may this proportion increase.