The Catalan government is expected to announce technical and legal details of the regional October 1 referendum on independence next Tuesday.
It also plans an advisory campaign in 200 municipalities across Cataluña.
Madrid remains opposed to the vote and has said it will use any means necessary to prevent it taking place. NEWS Staff Reporter FOR THE second consecutive year, Spain recorded more deaths than births during 2016. Last week’s figures from the National Statistics Institute (INE) show 408,384 babies were born last year, a drop of 2.8 per cent on 2015, while 409,099 citizens died, 3.2% fewer.
The figures are being interpreted as consolidation of the demographic crisis in which Spain presently finds itself.
However, the INE says the true picture is even worse when it is taken into account that 715 of the year’s births were to mothers living abroad, while over 18% of 2016’s births were to mothers of a nationality other than Spanish.
The fall in the birth rate is even more dramatic when considered in an historical context; since 2008, when a 30year record of 519,799 babies were born, the annual total has fallen 21.4%.
The average age at which a mother has her first child has now risen to 32 years, although Spanish women become mothers on average three years later than women from other countries. The average Spanish woman now has 1.33 children, but the average family for non-Spanish mothers has risen from 1.27 to 1.7 children.
Only 8.8 births are recorded for every 1,000 of the population, and the INE adds that the number of women of childbearing age (defined as 15 to 49 years) has continued a decline which started in 2009, with the figure now at 10.6 million,
Life expectancy in Spain now averages 83.2 years – 80.4 years for men and 85.9 years for women – meaning that the number of people receiving pensions continues to increase.