Italian youth population declining as number of elderly grows

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Italian youth population declining as number of elderly grows

The number of young adults in Italy has declined sharply in the last two decades, while the number of elderly people in the country has grown, government data released Wednesday shows, reported Xinhua.

Italy's National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) said in its 2024 Annual Report that an increasing number of those in the youngest demographic continue to live at home with their parents, and Italians are also getting married and having children later in life.

The number of young adults in Italy — defined as people between the ages of 18 and 34 — fell by more than 3 million in the 21-year span ending last year, ISTAT reported. Over that time, the number of young adults declined to 10.33 million compared to 13.39 million in 2002, a decrease of 22.9 percent.

In contrast, the number of elderly people in Italy has climbed over the same time span, increasing from 9.1 million in 1994 to 14.1 million last year. This represents an increase of 54.4 percent.

These developments among Italy's young and elderly population are a reflection of the country's dramatic demographic shift due to falling birthrates, low immigration, and increasing life expectancy.

Women are also waiting longer to become mothers, with the average age for a first-time mother increasing to 31.6 years of age, up from 29.7 years of age in 2002.

Meanwhile, the average age for the first marriage for men has gone up to 36.5 years old, compared to 31.7 in 2002, and the age for women has increased from 28.9 to 33.6.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

3 Comments
  1. Carla78 says

    It’s concerning to see the declining number of young adults in Italy while the elderly population is growing. These demographic shifts reflect the changing societal norms and challenges faced by the younger generation.

  2. EmilySmith23 says

    How do you think the declining youth population in Italy will impact the country’s economy and social welfare systems in the long term?

    1. GiovanniRossi89 says

      Hi EmilySmith23, the declining youth population in Italy is indeed a concerning trend with potential impacts on the country’s economy and social welfare systems in the long term. With fewer young adults contributing to the workforce and tax base, there may be strains on pension systems and healthcare services for the growing elderly population. Additionally, a shrinking youth demographic could lead to labor shortages in certain sectors, hindering economic growth and innovation. It will be crucial for Italy to address these demographic shifts through policies that support workforce participation, encourage family formation, and promote sustainable economic development. What do you think could be some solutions to address these challenges?

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