Eurostat, fleeing the countryside: “In the EU, 0.4% a year move to the city”

The data emerge from the European Institute of Statistics. According to the survey, European rural areas suffer a decrease of 0.4% per year, which also reaches 1.1% in Italy

Rural depopulation is certainly not a new phenomenon. Since the birth of cities, it has been an event that has affected populations who in large numbers moved from the countryside to move to urban centres. A phenomenon that has not stopped over the years, but rather has increased. From 2015 to 2020, most of the European rural areas suffered a decline in population by an average of 0.3% per year and between 0.4 and 1.1% in Italy. Eurostat notes this, underlining that it is mainly young people under the age of 20 and people of working age who leave the countryside, who move towards urban areas.

A progressive decrease

The population of predominantly rural regions decreases on average, by 0.1% each year, the population of intermediate regions remains unchanged and that of predominantly urban areas grows by 0.4% each year. In the EU, 155 provinces classified as predominantly rural have undergone this demographic dynamic, while 108 have increased their population by an average of 0.3% per year. In Italy, against a general decline in the number of inhabitants in all provinces (except for Milan, Prato, Rimini, Modena, Parma, Bologna, Verona and Trento), the most drastic decreases are recorded precisely in predominantly rural areas , from the minimum in Siena (-0.4%) to Vibo Valentia and Isernia (-1.1%).