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Italy faces existential threat over low birthrate - president

 

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FILE PHOTO: Elderly people play cards in Rome, Italy October 8, 2018. Picture taken October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

 

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's future is threatened by its diminishing birthrate, President Sergio Mattarella said on Tuesday, as new data showed the population had shrunk once again in 2019.

 

Italy's growing demographic crisis, with births falling and life expectancy rising, is one reason for its chronically stagnant economy, and the situation is getting worse.

 

National statistics agency ISTAT said there were 435,000 births last year, down 5,000 on 2018 and the lowest level ever recorded in Italy. Deaths totalled 647,000 in 2019, some 14,000 more than the year earlier.

 

"This is a problem that concerns the very existence of our country," Mattarella said shortly after the data was released. "The fabric of our country is weakening and everything must be done to counter this phenomenon."

 

"As an old person I am well aware of the falling birth rate," added Mattarella, who is 78.

 

Italy's overall population fell by 116,000 to 60.3 million, with a steady rise in migrant and immigrant births helping to offset the declining domestic birth rate.

 

Many other European countries are suffering similar challenges, especially in ex-communist eastern Europe, while Germany has also seen a decline in domestic births partly offset by increased migrant and immigrant births.

 

Birth rates have held up better in France and Britain.

 

Italy's population had risen virtually every year since World War One, hitting a peak in 2015 at 60.8 million, but has since started to decline.

 

ISTAT said the gap between births and deaths was getting wider, with just 67 newborns last year for every 100 people who died. Ten years ago there were 96 births for every 100 deaths.

 

Life expectancy in Italy has continued to push up, hitting 85.3 years for women and 81 years for men -- one of the highest rates in Europe -- while the average age in Italy is now 45.7.

 

Successive Italian governments have promised to do more to boost births, but have so far failed to resolve the problem.

 

The current administration has offered lower income couples grants of up to 160 euros ($175) per month to help cover costs during the first year of a baby's life and also promised young families up to 3,000 euros a year to cover nursery charges.

 

(Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Gareth Jones)

 

 

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

"As an old person I am well aware of the falling birth rate," added Mattarella, who is 78.

Stop old imbecile, to encourage people to make children who will never have a future in a country where anarchy reigns and where corruption is at the top of your mind and your political counterparts!

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Arguably one of the most disturbing and depressing threads in a long time...😞

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4 hours ago, bkk6060 said:

Without sex there will be no babies.  So, there you go.

Never heard if IVF? Look it up. With IVF a man of your high caliber will never need to lower yourself to need to have your quality - and surely outstanding - sexual appendage touching one of those despicable women again - if ever.

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5 minutes ago, holy cow cm said:

I wouldn't mind trying to impregnate a few hottie Italian beauties. 

The nation needs you. You are a selfless man. We can tell. 😉

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3 hours ago, Puchaiyank said:

Arguably one of the most disturbing and depressing threads in a long time...😞

I´ll make it more fun. 🙂 

I can volunteer to go there and spread my seed. I´ve seen that there are actually quite a lot of hot italian women. Anybody feel like joining?

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4 minutes ago, Matzzon said:

I´ll make it more fun. 🙂 

I can volunteer to go there and spread my seed. I´ve seen that there are actually quite a lot of hot italian women. Anybody feel like joining?

Im in. I had several Italian girlfriends back in NYC.. Passionate and their moms could cook

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18 minutes ago, Farangwithaplan said:

Never heard if IVF? Look it up. With IVF a man of your high caliber will never need to lower yourself to need to have your quality - and surely outstanding - sexual appendage touching one of those despicable women again - if ever.

40% of potential US citizens get aborted.

Italy is probably a bit lower, but the problem appears to be many western women just don't want to have babies.

Western civilisation and equality gives them choices, and their choice is often not to breed with us.

Maybe the Pope was right about abortion and contraception?

 

All this 'off topic' talk of food has given me the urge to make pizza for lunch.

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