“In Italy one child out of 6 has both parents foreigners. Their presence is a resource for our country” and “I agree in the granting of both the Ius Soli and the Ius Scholae. But in this regard, it is desirable that bearing in mind the need to always guarantee an equal presence of children with foreign parents compared to those with one or two Italian parents, in the logic of avoiding ‘ghetto classes’ “. So at Adnkronos Salute the pediatrician Italo Farnetani, professor at the Ludes-United Campus of Malta University.
CHILDREN WHO REJUVENATE ITALY – “Analyzing the demographic balance data of recent years, from 2018 to 2020, confirmed by the provisional ones of 2021 – explains the teacher – it is clear that children with both foreign parents represent 17.5% of the total” in our country . “In 2020 there were 59,792 children with both foreign parents compared to those with both Italian parents or with only one Italian parents, who were 345,100”. To underline “the importance of the phenomenon of the presence of so many newborns from other countries”, the doctor invites us to consider that “children born in Italy decrease the birth rate in the countries of origin. Especially in certain countries, this decline it begins to be considered a worrying signal. To give an example, the Romanian Society of Pediatrics has taken the problem of the decrease in the birth rate in this country to the highest institutional levels, involving in particular the Senate of the Romanian Republic “.
“In addition to the undoubted humanitarian reflexes of welcoming foreign families who come to Italy due to difficulties – continues Farnetani – we consider that these children contribute substantially to ‘rejuvenating’ our society, offering all the advantages of interculturality. Therefore – this is the appeal of the ‘expert – in the interest of individuals and society as a whole, we must create all opportunities and focus on inclusiveness “.
EVEN THEIR COTS CRY – The pediatrician, however, points out a demographically “alarming” fact, namely the fact that in Italy the cradles of both foreign parents also begin to ‘cry’, which since the 2000s had compensated for the progressive decline in the number of children with one or both Italian parents “.
“Now the children of foreign parents also continue to decline”, Farnetani notes. “Indeed – he specifies – since 2018 the drop in the birth rate in this category of newborns has been 9.45%, a figure slightly higher than the already alarming one recorded for the children of one or both Italian parents, among whom the drop is ‘8.6% “.
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