Society: Turkish families get smaller, survey shows

28 January, 13:15

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(ANSAmed) - ANKARA, JANUARY 28 - The average size of Turkish families is getting smaller as the shrinkage is accompanied by a fall in unemployment, according to a regional official of TUIK, the state-run statistics body. The size of a Turkish family fell to 3.8 people in 2011 from 4.5 in 2000, said Yavuz Uyar, the regional director of TUIK in an area covering Siirt, Batman, Sirnak and Mardin. Uyar said the size in his region had dropped to 6.9 in 2011 from 7.7 in 2000. These are among Turkey's least developed and poorest provinces. The statements, as daily Hurriyet reports, come amid the government's renewed pushes to increase the number of children that couples have. During a wedding ceremony in the southeastern province of Gaziantep on January 20, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told citizens to have more than three children for economic growth. There is a sharp narrowing in the size of families in the given region even it is limited in Sirnak, Uyar told Anatolia news agency. The general outlook on families in the country usually consists of parents and one child, while the number of children increases to around four in this region, Uyar added. Unemployment in this specific region dropped to 11.8% in 2010 from 14% in 2009, he said. (ANSAmed).