Edelmira Barreria Diz, a senator in the Galician parliament and a demographic expert, has been tasked with reversing Spain’s population crisis.
Her appointment as head of the commission for demographics by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy comes in a bid to reverse the trend of Spain’s diminishing population. Last year, the country recorded a higher number of deaths than births for the first time since 1941.
Since 2008, the number of births in Spain has fallen by 18 percent. Spain had one of the lowest fertility rates in the EU in 2014 at an average of 1.32 children, just above Greece, Cyprus, Portugal.
Among Europeans, Spaniards leave it the latest to have children. Spanish women, on average, have their first child aged 32 making them the oldest first time mothers in Europe according to a 2014 study by the Institute for Family Policies (IFP).
The IFP blamed the impact of the economic crisis on why many women are having children later in life.