Ageing Populations

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Italy Population Pyramid
  1. Study the population pyramid above. Describe the shape of Italy’s population pyramid.
  2. How can you predict, from the shape of the population pyramid that Italy is having some kind of population crisis?
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Chicago Tribune - In underpopulated Italian Town, Mayor ponders taxing umarrieds [18 November 1999]

  1. Read the news article above. Italy is having a baby crisis. What is Italy’s ‘baby crisis’?
  2. Make a list of five changes happening in the village of Vastrogirardi as it gets smaller.
  3. Why is Italy’s birth rate falling so rapidly?  Give three reasons.
  4. Describe and explain three different effects on Italy if the population structure changes in all villages.
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Ageing Population Radio Programme - BBC Radio 4