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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Women can save workforce: report

    Posted Jun 29th 2006, 12:00am by Quinton Chan

    ... and women's participation in the workforce. There, 74.5 per cent of women were employed, and the country had a fertility rate of 1.7 children per woman. The policy paper also proposes action ... elderly will increase from 12.1 per cent of the population last year to 26.8 per cent in 2033. The city's fertility rate is also declining, from three children per woman in 1970 to 0.96 last ...

  5. Mainland mothers offer way out of population woes

    Posted Jan 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The total fertility rate in Hong Kong has decreased significantly over the past 30 years, from 2.48 children per woman in 1976 to 0.97 in 2005. The number of births annually has fallen from 80,000 in the 1980s to less than 50,000. After excluding the 20,000 children born to mainland mothers in Hong Kong in 2005, the total fertility rate was only 0.7. This is the lowest rate in the world, and way ...

  6. Hong Kong's government planners are out of control

    Posted Jan 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of the lowest fertility rates in the world. That means, as our population gets even older, there will be more deaths and fewer births. This declining natural growth rate means the city's population ... 'usual resident' population numbered 6.9 million. Over the past 10 years, our annual birth rate has averaged 9.2 babies per 1,000 inhabitants, while the death rate has averaged 5.6 per ...

  7. Expats needed to plug gap in population forecasts

    Posted Nov 27th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... lecturer at the University of Hong Kong, said he was puzzled to find the higher estimate amid a declining birth rate. He said the Census and Statistics Department had adjusted its earlier estimate of 9.2 million to 8.7 million last year due to the lower fertility rate, and pointed out that the departments had used different methods and criteria. 'I still have doubts over the revised ...

  8. Review social welfare fundingeditorial

    Posted Nov 11th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... fertility and more elderly are only part of our challenge; divorce rates are climbing and integration with the mainland means increased immigration. A review of resources and Hong Kong's ...

  9. Retirement age will rise as workforce shrinks

    Posted Jul 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Dennis Chong dennis.chong@scmp.com Delayed retirement is set to become more common in Hong Kong as an ageing population and decades of low fertility rates lead to a shrinking workforce, according to the actuarial industry. Hong Kong does not have any law that stipulates when workers should retire, although it has been generally accepted in the public and private sectors that women ...

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    Filipinos back Manila's move to confront China over South China Sea

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 11:49pm by Raissa Robles

    ... before the UN tribunal. Mangahas said respondents had given China a net trust rating of minus 17 per cent, the lowest rating among six nations with whom the Philippines has important dealings. He said previous surveys had shown that China's trust rating had fallen into negative territory in 2012. In the latest survey, the US topped the "most trustworthy" list with 82 per ...




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