October 14, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |
The resident population of Bermuda, a British Overseas Territory, fell by more than 200 people between 2020 and 2021, with a growing number of deaths and few births.
The Registry General’s annual report showed 494 births in 2021, 47 fewer than in the previous year while 740 deaths were reported, 158 more than in 2020. The report added that the overall resident population, not considering immigration and emigration, had fallen from 63,881 to 63,648.
While the population has fallen regularly over the past 5 years, the figures show an accelerating decline. Between 2019 and 2020, the population fell by 25, while 2020 to 2021, saw a decline of 233 people. The number of deaths recorded on the island rose from 572 to 730, including the deaths of six non-residents in 2020 and 3 non-residents in 2021.
Last month, Minister of Economy and Labour Jason Hayward announced an “aggressive” strategy to head off a rapidly ageing population. According to the figures, the average age of death was 72.2 years.
For women, the average age of death was 79.5 while for men was 72.9 years.
Minister Hayward said “the government needed to get an estimated 8,418 extra people working at a rate of 1,684 additional workers or a 5% annual increase, over 5 years in the island whose national debt has climbed to US$3.35B.”