Guys, please do not freak out, but some* projections say that Cubans could be dying out. That’s right: The most important and beautiful and cutest group of people on this planet could go the way of the majestic mastodon.
According to ForesightCuba, a project that gathers and presents information about the current state of Cuba in order to “define a vision for the future of Cuba,” demographic projections indicate that various factors, including low birth rate, may lead to the “extinction of the Cuban nation”:
If we do not introduce effective policies for young people to want to return to Cuba and start bearing children, the population of Cuba at the end of the century will be between 3.8 and 7.6 million. In addition between 42 and 60% of the population will be 60 and over.
If we get there, we will have consolidated the process of extinction of the Cuban nation. Process that started in 1959. (emphasis theirs)
Obviously, with the U.S. relaxing its trade embargo and easing travel restrictions to Cuba, this is all in a state of extreme flux. Things are changing and will continue to change for the island’s citizens in sweeping, major ways.
The report’s analysis, which openly takes a negative view of Fidel Castro’s regime, cites factors such as a pessimistic view of the future (and, thus, a disinclination to marry and have children), a lack of incentive and motivation to innovate under socialist rule, and deteriorating infrastructure as reasons that Cuba’s population is not replenishing.
The report is interesting not just because of its sort of ~*shockingly clickbaitastic*~ takeaway, but also because of its subtext: What, after all, defines the Cuban-ness at risk of going extinct?
If replenishing that population means, as the report suggests, encouraging young Cubans to “return” to the island and repopulate, wouldn’t that mean that there already exists a thriving and replenishing population of Cubans outside of Cuba? Does our Cuban-ness fade the longer we’re in the U.S.? And how can young Cubans “return” to a place many of us have never been to? And who is gonna pay me to “move back” and set up Mitú’s Havana outpost (please)?
My fellow Qban QTs: Did this inspire to go, like. Make lots of Cuban babies and make demand for Augustín Reyes skyrocket?