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Demographic gap widens between eastern and western Europe

VIENNA: A demographic gulf has opened up in Europe since the fall of the Iron Curtain, with migration behind a population decline in many eastern European countries, according to a new report. While the population grew by 12 percent between 1990 and 2017 in the 15 oldest EU member states — rich western countries — it fell by an average of seven percent in the EU’s 13 newer, and poorest, member states. “While fertility rates in eastern Europe are no longer distinct from those in the West, population movements divide the…

Sartaj slams Indian attempts to bring demographic changes to occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday urged the United Nations to take notice of Indian attempts to bring demographic changes to Indian Occupied Kashmir. The Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in a letter to United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has specifically pointed out the issuance of permanent residence certificates to non-residents, allotment of land to retired Indian army personnel and issuance of land to non-Kashmiris in occupied territory. Sartaj Aziz also mentioned the establishment of separate…