Over the past decade, Greece’s population figures have slightly declined; since 2010, population growth in Greece has in fact shown a dramatic decrease. This decline continues to persist although the number of children born per woman was back to pre-crisis levels by 2013, indicating that population growth was not negatively affected by decreasing fertility rates, but is likely rooted in Greece’s unemployment rate that skyrocketed in the aftermath of the financial crisis and the collapse of the country’s economy in 2008, and still has not recovered. As a result of high unemployment, many young Greeks were forced to leave and look elsewhere for jobs, meaning that Greece’s population is constantly getting older on average. This trend is indicated by a rapidly increasing median age of the population.
Greece’s economy is usually defined as 'high-income', however, it is struggling to stay afloat nowadays. It grew rapidly after the country joined the European Union in 1981; since 2009 however, the Greek economy has been experiencing an unparalleled downward spiral. In order to avoid a catastrophe, which would also affect the other European Union members, other euro area nations and the International Monetary Fund agreed on a fiscal rescue package. This proved insufficient, and by 2012, a second bailout with strict conditions and austerity measures was approved. Again, Greece did not manage to overcome its dismal economic state.
Recently, Greece has been considering leaving the euro area altogether, a move which has been dubbed “Grexit” by the media. The Grexit is supposed to help Greece get rid of its seemingly insurmountable debts by reintroducing its old currency, the drachma. Supporters hope this would boost Greece’s economy, while opponents argue that this could cause even more unrest and economic instability. A referendum was proposed with an outcome yet to be announced. Great Britain has already taken this step, though not due to economic turmoil, and is preparing for the Brexit - with the full extent of its consequences yet unknown.