Demographic nightmare in the Marche, the rector of Urbino Giorgio Calcagnini: «Let’s keep the university students here»

Reorder the logical succession of the sequence, Giorgio Calcagnini. «If the population decreases, the towns become empty, there is no workforce, the territory does not…

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Reorder the logical succession of the sequence, Giorgio Calcagnini. “If the population decreases, the towns become empty, there is no workforce, the territory does not develop.” For the rector of the University of Urbino it is clear: «Demography is an exact science».
Just as the consequences generated by the unstoppable decline in births are rigorous and punctual.
«We should not interrupt the economic chain. If the decline in manpower is not compensated by workers arriving from other regions, companies are forced to close or relocate.”
Other side effect?
«Territorial distribution. We will see a further reduction in inhabitants in places with fewer services, i.e. in the hinterland, which suffers from depopulation more than other areas. Why should a young family decide to live in an inland area?”.
It defines the perimeter of a vicious circle: they don’t stay, they don’t have children, it’s the desert.
“Furthermore, if there are no families, there is no reason for trade to exist.”
Set in motion an element that could change the direction of this losing story.
«The university: it has an essential role. Those who go to study elsewhere, in Milan for example, never come back.”
Is leveraging academic training a strategy to rebalance the data?
«Of course, we need to make our universities attractive for young people from the Marche and for those who might choose them coming from outside. Once they have finished their studies, those kids could decide to stay.”
Above all, they could become the lifeblood of local productions.
“Exact. They could work here and create a home for themselves. However, this path has not yet been taken.”
Please explain.
«The Anvur report, on the state of the university and research system, under the heading Marche gives a negative balance between incoming and outgoing students».
Let’s start correcting the situation today: how long will it take to convert the demographic winter into an autumn?
«It will take 10 or 15 years to observe a change. To move the bar a minimum, services and roads are also needed. It’s all intertwined.”

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