Spain's Birthrate in Freefall

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Spain's Birthrate in Freefall

It's happening all over the industrialised world, but the nations of Western Europe are leading the charge to commit demographic suicide by not having enough children to replace the boomer generation that is now dying off at an accelerating rate. In some countries, the true impact is masked to a degree by the large numbers of recently arrived immigrants having large families. Take Spain as an example:

Spain registered its lowest number of births ever in 2019, according to final demographic data for that year published recently by the official statistics agency, INE. Only 359,770 babies were born, 13,007 (3.48 percent) fewer than the previous year.

Of these, some 260,000 births were native Spanish women, with immigrant mothers or mothers of foreign descent accounting for almost 28 percent of all births. 418,703 deaths were registered over the same period, meaning that Spain’s population is not only shrinking — and has been since 2013, apart from immigration — but that the proportion of inhabitants with a foreign background is growing thanks to higher fertility in this population group.

Spain registered its lowest number of births ever in 2019, according to final demographic data for that year published recently by the official statistics agency, INE. Only 359,770 babies were born, 13,007 (or 3.48 percent) less than the previous year.

Of these, some 260,000 births were native Spanish women, with immigrant mothers or mothers of foreign descent accounting for almost 28 percent of all births. 418,703 deaths were registered over the same period, meaning that Spain’s population is not only shrinking — and has been since 2013, apart from immigration — but that the proportion of inhabitants with a foreign background is growing thanks to higher fertility in this population group.

in the 1960s, close to 700,000 births were registered in Spain every year with a population two thirds lower than today.

Among women of Spanish ancestry, the birthrate has fallen most spectacularly. In 2019, their fertility rate dropped to 1.17 children per woman, meaning that the generation to which they are giving birth will be only slightly more than half the size of their own. Overall, births in Spain represented 44 percent less than would be necessary to replace the present generation.

Immigration brings also with it cultural and religious differences. No less than 10 percent of babies born today in Spain have a Muslim father, according to the Fundación Renacimiento Demographico.

As fewer Spanish women are giving birth to less babies, and the number of regularly practicing Catholics for the first time dropped lower — at 22.7 percent — than that self-proclaimed atheists and agnostics (29.1 percent) according to a 2019 survey, secularized Spain seems to be losing its reason to live. The “vacuum” is being filled by more vigorous populations whose relative importance per individual with regard to the total population is increasing.

These startling facts bear out absolutely the thesis, predictions and recommendations of the new Templar classic Deus Vult - Reconquista of the West. Spain saw the first Reconquista; it is one of the countries that will, one day, be reborn through the Second. Deus Vult!

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