The analysis, published this Thursday by the National Institute of Statistics (Istat), on its official website, shows that the drop in the birth rate will continue throughout the year, which shows the complexity of the country’s situation, whose population is declining. at an alarming rate.
In 2022, 393 thousand births were reported, for a drop of 1.7 percent compared to the previous year, and the number of children per woman was 1.24, lower than the rate of 1.25 registered in 2021, the study said.
In August of this year, Istat announced that in the first quarter of 2023, only 118 thousand were registered in Italy, a figure 1.1 percent lower than the same period last year.
In 2020, Istat set the previous negative record in terms of births, with 405 thousand, and as of December 31 of the year this country has a population of 59 million 236 thousand 213 people, a figure that is decreasing, as of 2022 There are only seven new births and more than 12 deaths per thousand inhabitants.
The joint survey of the Ipsos agency and the Legacoop Studies Area showed that for 74.0 percent of those interviewed, the problem of reducing the number of births is serious and requires urgent attention.
Almost 80.0 percent of the women surveyed said they were afraid that having children would make them lose their jobs.
For 70.0 percent of people, salaries are too low to cope with the increase in the cost of living, while the percentage of those who consider that the lack of public support weighs on their costs has increased to 59.0 points.
The analysis concluded that “the consequences of the drop in the birth rate not only concern the health of the country’s society, but also the health of the economy” and suggested actions to deal with this problem, financial assistance, as Mandatory parenthood license extension and additional child care services.