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Low birthrate, emigration causes population decline in Cuba

The population in Cuba fell by 84,000 this year due to emigration and the country's low both rate, according to Cuban officials.

Data from the latest census released on Monday shows the Cuban population has fallen from 11,247,925 in 2011 to 11,163,934 in 2012, the Communist daily Granma reported.

The data confirms warnings made previously by experts at the National Office of Statistics that the country would experience a "sharp decrease" in population, according to vice president of the Council of Ministers, Marino Murillo.

It also shows that Cubans over the age of 60 make up 18.3 percent of the population, while those under the age of 15 make up only 18.4 percent. The data also reveals that Cuba - where abortion was legalized in 1965 - is facing an aging populace.

In March of last year, the BBC aired a report on the devastating effects of abortion in Cuba, where the practice has become an alternative to contraception and has caused serious health problems for many Cuban women.

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