Italians will become strangers in their own country

Italians will become strangers in their own country, by Robert Ossenblok.

Nowadays, Italy’s villages are drained. The young move into the cities or seek a brighter future abroad. The few that stay simply don’t have enough children to maintain the population. …

Italy’s fertility rate is far below the replacement rate of 2.1, sitting at 1.37. The overall population has an average age of 44.9 years and nearly one in four Italians is over the age of 65. Japan is the only country in the world with a higher percentage of 65 or older.

For comparison, Italy’s previous colony of Ethiopia has an average age of 17.6 years. Although Ethiopia’s fertility rate has decreased as well, it is still sitting at a massive 4.6 children per woman. Enough to double the size of the next generation.

Italy’s fertility rate results in every generation being a third smaller than the last. Every new generation will be 30% smaller than the previous. A generation of 10 million Italians today, will have a total of 6.85 million children. They will have 4.7 million grandchildren and just over 3 million great-grandchildren. …

Progress:

Italy has not seen such a decline in its population since the Black Plague ravaged its lands. …

Currently 4.8% of Italians are Muslim, close to three million. According to Pew Research this will be between 8% and 14% by 2050. The range varies from 8% with zero migration, to 14% with a high migration scenario as we have seen over the last several years. However, these numbers exclude illegal immigrants, of whom their religious leaning is not known. Despite it being unknown, one could make an educated guess based on the countries of origin and conclude that a large percentage of the illegal immigrants is Muslim. …

Across Europe, the average fertility rate for Muslims is 2.6 as opposed to the Italian 1.37. …

Italians may maintain the majority for a while longer, but its dominance will be in the 65+ category, rather than in the youth and middle-aged that control the nation. Italians will become strangers in their own country.

Even today, 52% of Italians agree with the statement ”There are so many foreigners here that it does not feel like home anymore”.

hat-tip Stephen Neil