Ludmila Maksakova, D.Sc. (Econ.), Chief Researcher at the Institute of Economics, the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan (Tashkent, Uzbekistan)


Demographic development issues in todays world are undeniably important. The rapid growth of the worlds population, shortage of resources, and increase in migration are creating numerous difficulties in affording a dignified standard and quality of life on the planet. The size of a countrys population, its distribution, and its gender-age composition frequently come forward as strategic factors in economic development and the formation of its future parameters.

The demographic situation takes shape during population reproduction, the intensity of which determines the size and gender-age composition of the population, as well as the dynamics of its changes. It is characterized by several demographic indicators that have been prevailing in a particular territory over a specific period of time. The main ones are the birth rate, death rate, migration, marriages, and divorces. As the world becomes globalized, promoting a favorable demographic situation that maintains a balance among the interests of family, society, and the state is very important for the social stability and national security of any country.

Demographic security is the most important component of social security. It reflects the level of the states protection from demographic threats, that is, from phenomena and trends that could have a negative effect on the countrys social stability and sustainable development. This concept is relatively new. According to several specialists, the demographic crisis in a whole number of countries, particularly industrially developed ones, which in some cases has escalated into a demographic catastrophe, has made it necessary to place demographic security in a separate category on an equal footing with economic, military, social, and other forms of security.

This article examines the demographic situation in Uzbekistan from the viewpoint of global demographic development, as well as in the light of the possible risks and threats that might appear with respect to the republics social security.

Optimization of Demographic Growth

Demographic growth is a universal problem. The extreme population growth in some countries and depopulation in others are creating different aspects of demographic security, which is essentially the most important component of social and national security.

Uzbekistan is a state with a growing population. At the beginning of 2012, more than 29 million people lived there. In terms of the size of its demographic potential, Uzbekistan is the third largest state in the CIS after Russia and Ukraine. During the years of.

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