New consensus will show Greece’s population has declined by up to half a million since 2011

Greece’s population has been declining constantly after 2010 and the census currently taking place will confirm this. Ιt shows that the permanent residents of the country will be up to half a million fewer than at the time of the last census in 2011, according to a paper published by professors Vasilis Pappas and Vyronas Kotzamanis of the Patras and Thessaly universities, respectively.

Citing estimates published by Greece’s statistic s agency for the nine years from 2011 to 2020, they noted that the population of permanent residents in Greece shrunk 3.7 pct or 405,000 people, though this decrease was not evenly distributed in all areas, with population increasing in 12 of the country’s 51 regional units.

The four regional units with a significant increase (greater than 6 pct) were all islands with reception centres for refugees and migrants (Dodecanese islands, Chios, Lesvos and Samos).

Of the remaining 39 regional unit