Closed borders and fear of the future: Australia’s population shrank during the pandemic | Greg Jericho

Closed borders and fear of the future: Australia’s population shrank during the pandemic | Greg Jericho

The Guardian

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Once the vaccine rollout becomes widespread, migration numbers will return. But we’ll have to wait and see whether birthrates will increase

If at the end of last year you felt there was a bit more room for you to stretch out your arms, you were right. For the first time since 1916, when thousands of young men were heading overseas to fight in the first world war, Australia’s population shrank.

The bureau of statistics estimates that in September last year there were 4,239 fewer residents in this country than there had been in June.

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