Fewer than 900 babies are born a day in Spain

In the first quarter of 2023, Spain welcomed 78,535 new babies, an average of just 873 per day. According to the latest monthly birth figures released by Spain’s statistics office INE, this is one of the lowest birth rates since records began, slightly surpassing the figure for the same period in 2021 – amid the pandemic.

According to INE’s statistics, 2016 was the last year when more than 100,000 newborns were registered in the first quarter. Also, in the same period last year in 2017, it crossed the milestone of more than thousand births daily. These numbers have gradually declined since the emergence of Covid, and the pandemic has led to a sharp decline from which Spain has so far shown no sign of recovery.

In the first three months of 2016, 100,432 babies were born in Spain, which equates to an average of 1,104 babies per day. This number dropped to 94,894 children in 2017 and a daily average of 1,054. In 2020, the last first quarter of babies conceived before major changes caused by the pandemic, only 86,420 births were recorded, an average of 950 per day.

In the first quarter of 2021, when children conceived during the most difficult period of the epidemic were born, there were only 77,243 births in Spain, with an average daily total of 858. This figure was the same in 2022, and in 2023 they increased slightly. will decrease again.

Today’s birth rates are actually put into perspective when compared to 1974, when Spain recorded the highest number of births in the first quarter. Then 164,069 babies were born, an average of 1,823 per day, more than double the current number.

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Current Birth rates This is only really put into perspective when compared to 1974, when Spain recorded the highest number of births in the first quarter. Then 164,069 babies were born, an average of 1,823 per day, more than double the current number.

More foreign children

Fewer children are born in Spain, and the number of children is one or two Foreign parents and increased. According to a report by CEU San Pablo University, by 2021 one third (32.4%) of children born in Spain will have at least one parent of foreign origin. In most cases, neither parent comes from Spain. These parents are mainly from Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia.

The study found that the native-born Hispanic population is shrinking, while the foreign-born population is steadily increasing. This trend is particularly evident in major provincial capitals such as Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. The report notes that when the mother was of foreign origin, she was in the Americas in 42% of cases, Africa in 28%, Europe in 22%, and Asia in 7%.

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