Historic population decline in Italy

by Roberta Lunghini - 2016.06.10
Historic population decline in Italy
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For the first time in the last 90 years, during 2015 the number of inhabitants in Italy decreased considerably: the overall balance showed an important drop: -130,061 units over the previous year, for a total of 60,665,551 inhabitants. The reduction applied only to people with Italian citizenship: -141,777 residents, while the foreign population increased slightly, +11,716. As reported by Istat, the decrease in the number of births that started in 2008 is still going on. In 2015 children born were less than half a million, just over 72,000 of which are foreign (14.8% of the total). Compared to 2014, there was an overall reduction of 17,000 units (3,000 for the foreigners). Furthermore, the number of deaths increased: they were over 647,000, almost 50,000 more than in 2014. The natural population change (births minus deaths) was negative for nearly -162 thousand units. As the balance was positive for foreign nationals (almost +66 thousand units), for the Italian ones the decline was even more significant (-227,390 units).

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