Because the Italian population is decreasing, Istat’s shocking data: how many births with the pandemic

There were those who hypothesized in the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic that forced isolation and more time spent with family would lead to an increase in births. This was not the case, and so far Istat has published some demographic data on all Italian cities, revealing data opposite to what was expected: 339,431 children are born and are registered at the registry office in 2021. This number taken individually may have no effect, but if compared to the data obtained in 2019, the situation turns out to be negative: -20,739 births compared to 2019.

Around the world, a first assessment of how the pandemic has affected population growth was published last summer in the scientific journal “PNAS”. The analysis suggested that the pandemic had a very negative impact on the birth rate since the first wave: the number of newborns between 2020 and 2021 was decreasing in 18 of the 22 countries considered, and in 7 of them it had decreased significantly. . In Italy, the effect of the pandemic on the birth rate was to accelerate processes that, in fact, had been present for years. According to ISTAT, the drop in births in 2021 must be related to the unfolding of the negative effects triggered by the pandemic; under conditions of recession and with the risk of ending up in poverty increasing, the fertility rate tends to decrease.

According to a report presented by “Openpolis”, with the increase in infections, the perception of economic and social insecurity has grown. It is women who suffer the most, almost 2/3 of young women perceive their life plans as riskier. These data remind us once again how much gender equality policies represent an irreplaceable factor in promoting birth rates.

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