Italy’s Birthrate Collapsing

Babies, like tiny Reuben, are increasingly rare in Italy. In fact the, official figures show that in 2014 there were fewer babies born in Italy than at any time since 1861.

Reuben’s besotted Mom is Sabrina Fenu. A social worker, she had to work full time until she was 40 to afford a home and future for her son. “Italian women now wait,” she said, “until we’re financially stable. Then we have just one child. We’d like to have more, but the conditions just aren’t good enough.”

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