Italy hit with record low birth-rate

Italy hit with record low birth-rate

Birth rate have reduced and hit record low in 2018. Italy’s statistics office ISTAT said on Wednesday that the number of babies born in Italy hit a new record low in 2018. The national statistics office said that the country’s population had shrank and the average age had risen.

Italy is facing a demographic crisis. Economists are saying that one of the main reason for the country’s stagnant economy is the shrinking population, thus aging workforce. Things are not looking good as number of births had reduced in 2018. ISTAT said that there were 440,000 births last year. This dropped by some 18,000. It is the lowest level since 1861, when unification of Italy took place.

They reported that the total deaths amounted to 633,000. The population of the country fell four straight years as the population reached to 60.36 million, which is a drop of 124,000. Since 2014, Italy has lost about 400,000 residents. This amount is equivalent to the seventh largest of the country, Bologna.

An anti-austerity government had taken office last year. That government had tried to boost the population of the country as they boosted welfare spending and vowed to cut taxes in a bid to improve families’ stagnant incomes. The government says that poor family incomes is one of the main reason people are reluctant to have more babies. Matteo Salvini, interior minister and leader of the right-wing League commented on the ISTAT’s report. He said that the country is a terrible state. He added, “This is the real crisis, not the bond yield spreads or the economic crisis.”

People coming into the country has also dropped as new residents coming from abroad decreased by 3.2%. Italians are moving abroad by 1.9% year-on-year. Bolzana was the only province of the country whose birth rate exceeded the death rate last year.

Senior writer at the Chicago Morning Star

Related Posts
Illinois takes in $39.2 million in adult-use cannabis sales in January
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation made an announcement related to the adult-use
Allergic reactions link with Christmas tree reported
The specialist in the field of allergy said that Christmas trees could carry mold. A
Chicago patents consider gun violence, cyberbullying, and poverty as top 3 social concerns for youth
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public
Nearly half of Americans work on low wages: Study
The state of the US jobs has been studied by the Brookings Institution in a
Choking deaths fall substantially in past 50 years in US children
A report is published in the Journal of American Medicine Association (JAMA). The report revealed
Reports urge investment in IEPA
Reinvestment in the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency needs to be made urgently. This call is
14 metropolitan areas of Illinois experience decreased unemployment rate, BLS says
The unemployment rate fell in all 14 metropolitan areas of Illinois over-the-year in October. The
New American Economy declares Chicago top city in nation for immigrants
The City of Chicago is named the best city for immigrants in the US. The
BGA study reveals staff cut by EPA under Trump
The Better Government Association (BGA) has released a report in which it was revealed that
US Department of Agriculture releases monthly crop production report
The crop production in Illinois held steady in November despite the early snow that hit