Costa birth rate continues to drop

EXPERTS blame the financial crisis, and expatriates leaving Spain, for the sixth consecutive year of decline in the number of babies born at the Costa del Sol hospital.

The Marbella hospital reported that in 2014 an average of just eight babies per day were born there, and annual figures are 15 per cent lower than in 2009 as couples put off becoming parents due to financial worries.

With just 36.4 per cent of births being to non-Spanish parents compared to 40 per cent four years ago, it appears that the drop in expatriates registered in the area by the National Statistics Institute has also contributed to the falling birth rates.

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