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  1. Family matters

    Posted May 31st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong has the lowest fertility rate in the world, with the number of births falling dramatically over the past eight years. Is enough being done to plan for social and job problems this may create? Share your views: write to us ...

  2. HK's population 'unsustainable'

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

    ... The government should adopt a mixed approach- increasing the fertility rate, encouraging immigration and maintaining a stable, short-term labour force such as domestic helpers, demographer Antonio Golini said. 'The more rapid the decline in the fertility rate, the more rapid and intense the ageing of the population,' Professor Golini said. The University of Rome demographer was invited ...

  3. 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 ...

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

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

    ... and population taskforce head, said 'we have to come up with some ideas' about how to increase the fertility rate. Mr Tsang on Monday urged couples to have at least three children to help ... 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 ...

  5. Soaring crime rate dims Shenzhen's lustre

    Posted Jan 17th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... As Hong Kong digests the news that its crime rate has reached an eight-year high, we should spare a thought for officials just across the border in Shenzhen. They are battling a rather ... of a crime wave that is threatening to spiral out of control. According to official statistics, the crime rate surged 57 per cent in Shenzhen last year, with more than 100,000 offences recorded. Most ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    If demography is destiny, HK's home prices foretell an evil fate

    Posted Sep 07th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... workers. That leaves just the traditional way to increase the size of the future labour force. Worried by one of the lowest fertility rates in the world, Singapore's government has long tried to rouse its citizens to procreate more. Hong Kong's fertility rate is even lower. Yet any official campaign to encourage people to have more babies is likely to fail dismally. The reason ...

  8. Families need to feel at home in HK

    Posted Apr 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The surest sign of the health and well-being of a city lies in whether couples want to raise a family there. Hong Kong's extremely low fertility rate has seemed confirmation that we ... desire to do so gives insight into why, of all places in the world, Hong Kong's fertility rate is the third lowest, with only that of Macau and Singapore worse. It is possible to change ...

  9. Growing need for population policy

    Posted Jan 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... revenue to Hong Kong hospitals and medical personnel, or whether there is a deliberate policy to compensate for Hong Kong's exceptionally low fertility rate in this way. The chief executive ... of reality. The current forecast of 8.89million by 2040 assumes either a sharp rise in local fertility rates or that a high proportion of those being born to mainland parents will come to live here ...

  10. Fertile recruiting ground

    Posted Jun 21st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Triads have been recruiting members of South Asian minorities in the Yau Ma Tei district, increasing the risk of more crime and violence in the troubled area, a district council head said yesterday. The area had become home to a growing number of minoriti ...




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