Taiwan's birth rate expected to drop to record low this year.
The statistics released by the Ministry of Interior (MOI) show that the number of newborns in Taiwan reached 137,967 in the first three quarters of the year, down 3.4% from that of last year. MOI said that the average number of children born to each woman in Taiwan is only 1, much lower than the 1.7 recorded about a decade ago.
To minimize the impact of a graying society, some advanced countries are promoting marriage and parenthood, aiming to maintain the average birth rate at 1.6 to 1.8. For instance, the UK and France have in recent years kept the figure at 1.9 while the United States at 2.1.
MOI officials worry that the number of Taiwan's newborns would keep declining, impacted by the jobless rate that has been at a relatively high of above 6%, adding that the government has recently mapped out plans to encourage young couples to be parents. However, some of the plans need financial support to implement, a problem for the government that is suffering a deficit.
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|Publication:||The Taiwan Economic News|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Oct 29, 2009|
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