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  1. News - Hong Kong - POPULATION

    Hong Kong fails in attempt to halt 20-year slide in birth rate

    Posted Jan 16th 2013, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... in attempt to halt 20-year slide in birth rate Researchers about to launch Hong Kong's largest demographic survey say attempts to halt the 20-year decline in the city's birth rate have proved ineffective. And they suggested alternative policies could have increased the birth rate by nearly a third. The team at the University of Hong Kong will begin a five-year study after ...

  2. City's declining birth rate a good indication of population stress

    Posted Oct 13th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A number of people have called for a higher birth rate in Hong Kong. With all due respect, this is possibly the last thing Hong Kong needs. Instead of intoning the phrase 'replacement ... To make 6.9 million the arbitrary replacement level simply because it is the current number is ill-conceived. One cannot attribute the low birth rate solely to employers' influence ...

  3. Think-tank mulls ways to boost record low birth rate

    Posted Sep 24th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani, Vivienne Chow

    ... Exemption from maid levy and paternity leave considered A government think-tank studying Hong Kong's birth rate is reportedly considering exempting couples from the domestic helper ... called on Hong Kong couples to have at least three children to help alleviate the ageing population problem. Hong Kong's birth rate was the lowest in the world at 0.94 children per woman ...

  4. We won't push birth rate: health chief

    Posted Feb 24th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Hong Kong is not Singapore, the health chief insisted yesterday when asked if the government would adopt a Lion City-style tax-incentive package to boost the birth rate ... alleviate the ageing population problem. Hong Kong's birth rate was the lowest in the world at 0.94 children per woman of child-bearing age in 2003. Last year's rate, to be announced ...

  5. Let mainland couples revive HK's birth rate

    Posted Aug 14th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong's falling birth rate has a growing number of people worried- and rightly so. The fewer babies born, the more our population ages; and if the trend continues unabated, our ... to reverse their low birth rates. Our government is no less concerned- a senior official called last month for mainland-born children of Hong Kong parents to come here to improve our population ...

  6. Paternity leave proposed as way to boost birth rate

    Posted Mar 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong Paternity leave for civil servants and discounted tickets for family activities are among recommendations proposed by an advisory body on ways to boost the fertility rate ... to the government before June, would focus on four areas: the declining fertility rate, manpower, ageing population and quality of life. Group sources said the government would be asked to take the leading ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - IMMIGRATION

    Singapore population push puts spotlight on Hong Kong

    Posted Jan 30th 2013, 12:00am by Colleen Lee, AGENCIES

    ... Colleen Lee and Agencies Rival's plans to allow in thousands of expats raises stakes for city, after its own attempts to halt fall in birth rate were branded a failure Singapore ... by 2030. It was inspired by concerns about the falling birth rate and ageing population, which mirror those in Hong Kong. In a controversial white paper, Singapore officials said the city's ...

  8. Birth tourism ban makes a nonsense of government plans

    Posted Apr 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to look wildly inaccurate. The government's population forecast is based on an average birth rate between now and 2039 of 93,000 babies a year- close to last year's 95,000 births- coupled with average net immigration of 29,000. Yet Hong Kong's birth rate only amounted to 95,000 last year because of the 37,000 or so babies born in the city to mainland birth tourists ...

  9. Banning private birth tourism will only damage Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... population to climb by almost 2 million over the next three decades, to reach 8.9 million by 2039. But its projections assume an average birth rate of 93,000 a year, just short of last year's ... Leung Chun-ying wants to ban mainland mothers from giving birth in Hong Kong's private hospitals. He really hasn't thought this one through. On Monday, the incoming chief ...

  10. Charges double for non-locals' A&E births

    Posted May 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the price increase alone would not deter mainland women from giving birth in the city to gain the right of abode for their children. The rise of almost 90 per cent - the charge has been HK$48,000 until now - was gazetted yesterday. 'This minimum rate covers the charges for the delivery and the first three days of hospitalisation in general wards [ie. a two-night stay] ...




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