Taiwanese share concerns

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 April, 2012, 12:00am


Nearly half the people in Taiwan, a poll has found, think child-rearing is too expensive for them to have even one child.

Of 1,216 residents of the island who responded to an online survey last month, 47.9 per cent said their financial situation was not good enough to support a child, while 39.6 per cent said they could afford to have just one child.

Only 11.3 per cent said they could afford to have two or more children.

About 40 per cent of the respondents said they would need to have at least NT$1,000,000 (HK$263,000) in savings before they could contemplate having a baby.

Many were found to have an attitude of 'wanting to have children, but being scared to do so'.

The poll report concluded that a majority of the working class in Taiwan put jobs before a child, and many fear that child-raising will affect their work.

As in Hong Kong, the stress of living in a quick-paced society, long working hours and a desire for a higher standard of living are other factors keeping young Taiwanese couples from having children.

Results of the survey, done by a job search website in Taiwan, are similar to a poll in Hong Kong commissioned by the South China Morning Post, also conducted last month.

Taiwan has one of the lowest fertility rates in the world, with 1.16 children per woman, but still ranks one place behind Hong Kong, which has 1.09 children per woman, according to the CIA World Factbook.

The world average is 2.47 children per woman.