Italy ‘dying’ as birth rate hits historic low

Italy registered 509,000 births in 2014, the lowest total since the country’s unification in 1870, according to official statistics, prompting a government warning that the country is “dying”.

“We are very close to the threshold of non-renewal where the people dying are not replaced by new-borns. That means we are a dying country,” Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said.

The number of deaths registered in Italy last year was 597,000 and a net 65,000 Italian citizens left the country. Only a positive balance of immigration (+207,000) enabled the population to expand marginally (0.04 percent to 60.8 million.)

Italy has one of the lowest birthrates in Europe at 1.39 children per woman.

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