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  1. Growing need for population policy

    Posted Jan 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Philip Bowring The issue of mainland women swamping hospital maternity and emergency facilities is a direct result of the cluelessness of government policy on all population issues. After ... has grandiose ideas for increasing Hong Kong's population, as though bigger was always better, and the government's own estimates of population growth have long been way ahead ...

  2. Is this the solution to the population crisis afflicting schools?

    Posted Nov 11th 2010, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... specialises in population studies at the University of Hong Kong, accuses the government of a lack of foresight. 'The government's strategy now is acting only when they turn up in front ... because of low enrolment. 'Such children could play a pivotal role in lessening the population crisis,' Yip said. 'There are more than 20,000 such babies every year now. The numbers ...

  3. Faster reuniting of families best way to lift population

    Posted Mar 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... population taskforce are far removed from reality. They obviously live in decent spacious accommodation, not the average box of less than 500 sq ft that most Hong Kong people have. Hong Kong couples ...

  4. City is losing the battle of the bulge

    Posted Jan 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... on population policy moved by the Liberal Party's Kenneth Fang Kang last Wednesday. The debate followed hot on the heels of daily reports of maternity wards and homes bursting at the seams ... unanswered about the government's population policy- if it has one at all. That is the most troubling feature. A population strategy would require the government to have a vision of what sort ...

  5. Childbirth conundrum

    Posted Feb 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Compiled by Wong Yat-hei The issues In a city known for its lack of space and scarce resources, rising tension over pregnant mainlanders has given Hong Kong's government a population ... demographic concerns. Population problem The government faces such issues because it is clueless in its population policies, says Philip Bowring, a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator, ...

  6. Democrats attacked over mainland mums

    Posted Jan 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the result of poor planning by the government. 'They knew 13 years ago that the population would grow,' he added. But Albert Ho Chun-yan, the Democratic Party's chairman and chief ... then it's beyond the capability of any city [to look after everyone who arrives]. 'This is not about political expediency, not about populism, but the fight to maintain the power to make our ...

  7. Drop in Hongkongers working over border

    Posted Oct 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... A report released yesterday said there were 175,100 of them last year, representing 5 per cent of the city's working population. Their median salary was HK$20,000, almost double that of the total population's HK$11,000. Seventy-six per cent of the workers were men, a ratio similar to that in 2009. The median age of the group is 47, up from 45 in 2009. Managers ...

  8. Fewer city residents working on mainland

    Posted Feb 10th 2009, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... Gary Cheung A total of 218,200 Hong Kong people worked on the mainland in 2007-08- equal to a sixteenth of the city's working population- a government survey has found. The number ... much higher than the corresponding proportion of 10.1 per cent and 26.3 per cent for the total working population. A total of 46.4 per cent of them had post-secondary education, compared ...

  9. 2047 is not all that far away

    Posted Jun 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... expired and how will banks' mortgage lending policies be affected? Also, will the city be plagued by a shrinking workforce and an ageing population and where will people retire? Will Hong ... are not a panacea, especially when the city needs a vent to release the pressure caused by the ageing population. Professor Wong Chack-kie, a social welfare specialist and associate director of Hong Kong ...

  10. Record waiting lists at schools

    Posted Nov 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... but also to a lack of confidence in the education system among well-off residents. The city's population of foreign residents has grown by about 5 per cent in the past year, the Immigration Department says. The Indian, American and Australian populations have increased by about 7 per cent, while the British has risen by about 20 per cent. The government has pledged to increase ...




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