Italy heading for demographic ‘crisis’ as population set to shrink by a fifth

Nov 30, 2021 233

The Istat national statistics agency wrote that the data marked “a potential picture of crisis” in its report on Friday, titled “The future of the population – fewer residents, more older people, smaller families.” Nearly a quarter of Italy’s population is aged 65 or older, at 23.2 percent, and that is expected to grow to 35 percent by 2050, according to Istat’s estimate.

“The age structure of the population already shows a high imbalance in favour of the older generations and there are currently no factors that might suggest a reversal of this trend,” read the report. “Demographic forecasts show that there is little likelihood of a turnaround in the number of births in the years to come.”

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SOURCE: https://www.thelocal.it/

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