According to Washington Post, an Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby since the 1980s.
But the spell was broken last week, as the mayor of the small town reveals it has recorded new birth, the first in 28 years.
La Stampa, an Italian daily newspaper published in Turin, Italy and distributed in Italy and other European nations, said the town has only 85 inhabitants, including newborn Pablo.
The town’s population has continuously decreased — something that is also common to many other Italian towns and villages.
According to the newspaper:
The real decline started in 1975, with 17 babies between 1976 and 1987, when the last boy was born – until little Pablo.
Mayor Giacomo Lombardo was quoted as saying:
A party will be held to celebrate what he hopes will be the start of a reversal of that trend.
However, the town’s population decline might be difficulty to end irrespective of the strategy Lombardo throws up.
This is because younger Italians particularly say most jobs available in the rural areas are less attractive, making the chance of getting one quite slim.
As a consequence, lots of people relocate to cities, leaving their hometowns to the elderly. According to The Local, an Italian news site, Ostana, situated in northern Italy, has only one shop, a bar and two restaurants.
The mayor, Mayor Giacomo Lombardo, says the arrival of baby Pablo has certainly been welcomed in Ostana.
Quoting the Lombardo :
It’s great to finally have someone born here, and it shows that our efforts to reverse population decline are slowly working,
In an attempt to discourage young people from migrating from the town, Lombardo has tried to make jobs available. Pablo might be the first indication that his strategy is effective.
His parents were made to stay in the town after they were given the chance to work t a mountain refuge. Thus, they would have moved away several years ago.