Number of youths dwindling.
Seoul: South Korea's low birth rate means the size of its youth population -- those aged between nine and 24 -- will be slashed in half by 2060, a government report warned. The number of young people peaked at 14 million in 1980, accounting for 36.8 percent of the whole population, census data by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family showed. Since then, it has steadily declined and stood at 10.2 million last year, or 20.4 percent. The ministry said the current demographic trend would see that number fall to 9.6 million by 2015, 7.1 million by 2030, 5.9 million by 2050, and just 5.0 million by 2060. After years of promoting family planning in a crowded nation of 50 million, South Korea has become increasingly alarmed by its rapidly ageing society.
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