Is Europe Choosing to Disappear?

The new data released by Italy’s National Institute for Statistics for 2016 sounds again like a death knell. There has been a new negative record of births: 474,000 compared to 486,000 for 2015, which had already fallen to historic lows. There were 608,000 deaths in 2016. In one year, Italy lost 134,000 people — the equivalent of a city of the size of Ferrara or Salerno.

The demographic “illusion” is kept only by the influx of immigration (135,000). If one needs an idea of what Italy would be without immigrants, look at Emilia-Romagna, one of Italy’s most populated and affluent regions: in 2035 it will have 20% fewer residents.

Italy is sometimes thought of Europe’s guinea pig: wherever Italy goes, much of Europe follows it, especially in the central and southern countries. In 1995, Antonio Golini, a professor at La Sapienza University and a former president of the National Institute of Statistics, was contacted by the director-general of Plasmon, Italy’s largest producer of baby food. Looking at the declining birth rates, the firm asked him if something could be done to prevent the company from going out of business. Plasmon started to make dietary products for adults.

  • PaulW

    He’s right about mass Muslim immigration being a symptom of a larger problem: if our societies were healthy they would never tolerate it. But they’re not – what else do you say about nations that do not wish to even reproduce? This is a logical consequence of a secular/hedonistic culture, I suppose – nihilism and despair.

    But anything be done to stop it? Totalitarianism? Force people to believe in … something, to have children, whether they want to or not? Then indoctrinate those children, immerse them in something other than secularism and materialism? Ethical consideration aside, there are no guarantees that this would even work.

    • Jabberwokk

      Marx/Engels and the like are the Aids of the western world.

      This is the secret of the Christian:

      What if I told you What Christ offers you is the power to change your hungers? Your desires? So that you have them and they don’t have you?

      If it were true tell me, conceptually, would that answer your riddle?

  • In a word, yes.

  • Hard Little Machine

    There is strong negative correlation between income and family size. The more robust the social safety net the fewer children parents have. It’s seems counter intuitive but it’s not. It speaks to selfishness. If the state pays you to sit at home in a state of infantilism then contrary to popular belief that you would churn out 9 illegitimate kids, in the population as a whole you would grab that stipend and take it for yourself.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      The state pays people to have kids.
      And they do it by taking money out of my wallet.
      I’d have had more kids if I had more after tax income instead of paying other people to have kids.
      The more robust the social safety net the higher the tax burden and the bigger the drag on more productive families.

  • tom_billesley

    Business adjusting to an ageing population and declining birthrate:
    The diapers are bigger.

  • ismiselemeas

    There are other implications in this. For example, in order for a municipal sewerage system to function properly a certain amount of water and effluent must flow through it daily. If the flow drops the system starts to dry out and corrode from within leading to pipe, pump and infrastructure failure. This has been a problem for a number of German towns in recent years. The cost of downgrading and updating the systems exceeds the potential tax base needed to support it. The smaller hamlets then become unlivable.

    • Etobicoke_Gladiator

      Holy shit! Literally.

      Oh: I object to your use of the term hamlet since it’s outright Islamophobia.

    • trespasserswill

      Can I get this straight?
      You are complaining about a shit shortage that could be fixed by turning the tap on?