Data published today shows that of the 80,000 babies born in Portugal last year, more than 10,000 (the equivalent of 14%) have ‘foreign mothers’. Said a study released to coincide with International Migrants Day, “the proportion (of babies with foreign mothers) has increased successively since 2016”. The phenomenon is being seen very much as a ‘positive’ in that without these foreign mothers Portugal’s population would be shrinking even more rapidly than it already has. Explains the data, in 2021 around 51,000 ‘immigrants’ entered the country, with roughly 25,000 leaving it. The positive balance increased the country’s population by 26,000.