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Birth rate in Euskadi exceeds the state with an increase of 3.2%

Mairenis Gomez

April 19, 2024 | 4:33 p.m.

The beginning of 2024 shows a notable increase in birth rates in the Basque Country

This rebound is an encouraging sign after the continuous declines of recent years. During January and February, the autonomous community registered 2.159 births, contrasting with the same period from the previous year and reflecting a slight but significant growth. This increase is especially relevant in a context where the national rate only rose 2.8%, with a total of 53.080 births throughout Spain.

Euskadi: balance in times of demographic change

Despite not leading the ranking of demographic growth compared to other communities such as La Rioja and Cantabria, which have experienced spectacular increases, Euskadi remains in a solid position, especially compared to regions with negative rates such as Galicia and Andalusia. This increase is vital to counteract the mortality rate, which has also seen a slight increase of 0.37% at the beginning of this year. The relationship between births and deaths is crucial at a time when generational sustainability presents notable challenges.

A look at long-term challenges reveals a more complex reality

Although the start to 2024 has been positive, analysis of long-term trends shows that the community still faces significant challenges. Compared to 2016, births have decreased by 26.8%, a much larger drop than the national average of 19.9%. This context underlines the need for effective policies that not only encourage birth rates, but also address the underlying causes of birth rate decline, such as economic uncertainty and sociocultural changes.

During January and February, the autonomous community registered 2.159 births

Looking beyond the regional average: the case of Bizkaia

Furthermore, within Euskadi, Bizkaia offers a particular perspective. Although there has been an increase in births, it has been modest, with an increase of only 1.8% in the first months of 2024. Since 2016, the decline in Bizkaia has been even more pronounced, with a 41.2% reduction in births. These figures, alarming in their own measure, highlight the importance of addressing specific local dynamics when implementing birth policies.

Undoubtedly, This panorama, although mixed, presents an opportunity to reflect on the public policies and community strategies necessary to foster a more family-friendly environment.. In a rapidly changing world, the ability to adapt and formulate effective responses will be crucial to guarantee the demographic future of Euskadi and similar regions.

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