Since the 1990s, Belarus’s population has been declining until 2010. From 2010 to 2019, the population plateaued and increased slightly going from 9.42 million to 9.45 million. The population began declining again from 2019 to 2020. According to current projections, the population will fall to 7.45 million people by 2099.
The population growth rate for 2020 is -0.03%. While this rate is small, it is expected to increase in the coming decades. The fertility rate in Hungary is low at 1.71 births per woman. The positive net migration every year is not enough to make up for the lack of babies being born, unlike other countries with low fertility rates but are still seeing population growth.
Belarus is one of the fastest-shrinking countries in the world.
Belarus Population Growth
Across the entire country, the majority of the population increase recorded between 2001 and 2011 is as a result of immigration into Belarus - the number of people living in Austria but born elsewhere increased by 35% over the past decade. Belarus estimates that 81% of its population had no migration background, while about 19% had at least one parent of migrant background. There are estimated to be 415,000 descendants of foreign-born immigrants in the country.
Belarus Population Projections
The slight negative growth of Belarus is expected to continue declining in the years to come and become somewhat more drastic. In the next 30 years, it is projected that the rate of decrease will nearly double from -0.34% in 2020 to -0.61% in 2050. These projections state that the actual number of citizens in Serbia will decrease by more than a million during this time with the population being 8,703,942 in 2020, 8,355,445 in 2030, 7,912,824 in 2040, and 7,447,023 by 2050.