Lockdowns Crash Italian Birthrate

Lockdowns Crash Italian Birthrate

The global elite have not made any secret of their desire to bring about a dramatic decline in the world population. And there are now clear signs that their artificial panic around Covid-19 is doing the job. Italian women are having dramatically fewer babies than ever during the pandemic, accentuating one of the world's lowest birth rates. 

The low birth rate has prompted warnings that the country's population is set to crash over the next 50 years.    

The month of January 2021, 10 months after Italy's draconian lockdown, marked the lowest birth rate ever - a 13.6 per cent decline over the same month a year earlier, translating to nearly 5,000 fewer births.

The country also saw significant drops in November and December 2020, meaning there was 'little doubt about the role of the pandemic' and that the trend appeared to be lasting, said the Italian statistics agency ISTAT in a new report.   

In just over a decade, births have dropped by one third in Italy, with 404,892 babies born in 2020 from 576,659 in 2008. Almost all of the decline is attributed to families with two Italian parents.

Gian Carlo Bliangiardo, the President of Istat, said the latest decline in birth rate could not be blamed entirely on the pandemic - though the steepest drop came about nine months after the 2020 lockdown. 

'We are in a period of emergency that has lasted a long time and that has made many couples think: 'Let's wait',' Bliangiardo told The Times, adding that scores of weddings had been postponed, which had impacted the birth rate as three quarters of Italians have children within marriage. 

Istat also predicts that Italy could lose a fifth of its population over the next 50 years. The country's population, which was recorded as 59.6 million in January 2020, could decline to 47.6 million in 2070 - marking a 20 per cent decline. It is uncertain how they have done the maths to produce these figures, since Italy's birthrate is now a mere 1.17 children per woman of child-bearing age. This figure implies a near halving of the population. Possibly the 20 per cent decline figure is reached by allowing for a large amount of 'replacement' immigration.

The statistics agency said that the data marked a 'potential picture of crisis' as there would be fewer residents, more older people and 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. 

'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,' the report said. 

Matteo Rizzolli, an economist, wrote in the Italian newspaper Domani that the 'implications of this decline will be massive and will affect many sectors of the economy'. 

Rizzolli pointed to how it would affect the housing market as a smaller population would need fewer homes. It would also see an increase in taxes to repay the country's debt as well as labour shortages.  

'Our country seems incapable of taking seriously what is probably the most serious threat to its future. As if we were not on the edge of an abyss,' he wrote.