EU population shrinks for second year in a row due to COVID-19

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European Union The population declined for the second year in a row last year, the bloc’s statistics office said on Monday as the region suffers more than two million deaths from the coronavirus.

According to Eurostat, the population of the 27 countries in the bloc has decreased by almost 172,000 people compared to the previous year and by more than 656,000 people since January 2020.

“In 2020 and 2021, positive net migration no longer compensated for the negative natural changes in the EU, and as a result, the total EU population is declining,” reads a message pointing to the effects of the pandemic.

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A decade ago, EU deaths began to outstrip births, but immigration from outside the bloc helped bridge the gap before the pandemic’s first year.

Last time EU a population decline was recorded in 2011 – the only other time since 1960 – but this increased rapidly due to net migration.

Since 2021, the population of the 27 countries that make up the EU bloc has decreased by almost 172,000 people, according to Eurostat.

Since 2021, the population of the 27 countries that make up the EU bloc has decreased by almost 172,000 people, according to Eurostat.
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Given the pandemic, an aging population and a relatively low birth rate, Eurostat said that deaths should continue to exceed births in the coming years.

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“If this is the case,” the report says, “the overall decline or growth of the EU population in the future is likely to depend largely on the contribution of net migration.”

While Italy, Poland and Romania recorded the largest population declines, more than half of the EU member states have increased populations, most notably in France, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Eurostat calculated As of January 2022, 446.8 million people lived in the EU.