Albanian families are giving birth to fewer children, as year after year the birth rate decreases.

During the July-September period 7,203 births were registered, 20.7% less compared to the previous year.

However, it seems that certain areas of the country may be strong outlier impacting the overall average.

In the third quarter of 2017, natural growth recorded negative values only in Gjirokastër, Korçë and Vlorë. Meanwhile in Tirana, Durres and Elbasan growth was indeed seen.

The number of deaths for the third quarter of this year increased by 3.7% compared to the third quarter of 2016.

The lowest number of deaths was recorded in the Kukes Region, followed by Gjirokastra, Vlora and Lezha.

Sociologists say there are several factors that have affected this situation including family planning, emigration and also the increase in deaths.

 Experts appeal for immediate measures to stimulate children's births. The World Bank has also raised concern regarding the aging populations of Balkan countries, including Albania.

The World Bank suggests taking immediate measures to curb the deterioration of the situation warning an aging population would bring productivity cuts, as an aging labor force will reduce participation and will curb the average annual income growth per person.