The resident population of Romania declined by over 12.6 percent between 1992 and 2014, down to 19.947 million citizens on Jan. 1, 2014, National Statistics Institute president Tudorel Andrei said on Thursday at the debate titled “Population statistics according to European requirements and national necessities”.
The counties with the most significant decline, more than 20 percent, are Hunedoara (25.6 percent), Teleorman (24.1 percent), Caras – Severin (23.2 percent), Tulcea (23.2 percent), Mehedinti (22.1 percent), Braila (20.4 percent) and Neamt (20.1 percent).
As for Bucharest, the 1992 population and housing census recorded about 2.068 million people, whereas on Jan. 1, 2014 there are 1.865 million people, the decline being 9.8 percent.
According to the INS data, in 2013 as regards emigration, there were 153,646 people and 161,755 people when it comes to immigration, with the migration balance being negative, i.e. 8,109 people. Most Romanians choose to emigrate to Italy and Great Britain, Tudorel Andrei said.
According to INS, the resident population at a given date includes all persons with Romanian citizenship, foreign and without citizenship, who reside on Romania’s territory for a period of at least 12 months.