Azerbaijan`s population touches 10 million

Zaman Bajwa

On April 6, Azerbaijan`s population reached 10 million, after a baby girl was born to the family of Rauf Hasanov and NigarOjaqova, who are internally displaced people and former residents of Aghdara district which is currently under occupation by Armenia. President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and first lady Mehriban Aliyeva has congratulated the people of Azerbaijan and the parents of the baby on this occasion and later President and First lady visited the hospital to see the baby and meet with her parents.

One can have a look at short demographic history of Azerbaijan which might be interesting.In 1897 the population of Azerbaijan was 1 million 807 thousand people. After a century, in 1997 (taking into account massacres of Azerbaijanis by Armenians, World War II, war with Armenia), this figure was 7 million 847,500 people, i.e. about 6 million increase. In the beginning of 2010, the number reached 9 million.

Time between 2003 and 2018 can be characterized as a period of fundamental changes in the socio-economic life of Azerbaijan. About 2 million new jobs have been created in the country over these years, and unemployment rate has dropped to 5 percent. The poverty rate has decreased from 49 percent to 5.4 percent. The salaries were increased 7 times, as well as the minimum wages increased by 6.5 times.Complex measures are being taken to strengthen social protection of the population: allowances and pensions, scholarships, as well as minimum wages increase. Thousands of young families benefit from the mortgage program, and social houses are being built for citizens at the expense of state funds.

All these measures lead to social and economic development in the country, which contributes to the welfare of its population in general and to the well-being of families and children in particular. Becoming a 10 million population country is a very significant event in the history of independent Azerbaijan, while despite Armenia’s military aggression since early 1990s, the population of Azerbaijan is steadily growing and this is one of the main factors driving the country’s social and economic life.

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