It is assumed that in Italy, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the population will decrease, that is, the birth rate will fall. The country’s Institute for national statistics reported that fewer children were born in the past six months compared to the corresponding period last year.
“Humanity will overcome the pandemic, but its impact will be felt for many years,” the Institute said in a statement. The drop in the birth rate is explained by parents ‘ fear of the poor economic situation that has arisen in connection with the pandemic.
More precisely, in the first half of this year, 10 thousand fewer children were born than in the corresponding period last year. For six months, the birth of 426 thousand children was registered. By 2021, the birth rate is expected to fall to 396,000 in six months.
In the country for six months of last year, 435 thousand children were born, about 20 percent of which are foreign citizens. For the entire history of Italy, which has existed as an independent state since 1861, the situation of the last 10 years is worrisome.