Census figures a warning Hong Kong must invest in its future workers

Professor Paul Yip Siu-fai

The latest figures from the 2011 Census figures confirm the two most important population issues in Hong Kong, namely a shrinking working population and an ever increasing number of older adults.

Monday, 17 September, 2012, 4:20am 1 comment

Child mortality halves in 20 years, but persists in Africa and South Asia

A mother with her sick child in Liberia, where the child mortality rate was cut by 68 per cent. Photo: AFP

The global mortality rate for young children has been nearly halved in the past two decades, but Africa and South Asia have not kept pace, the United Nations said yesterday.

14 Sep 2012 - 4:10am

Asia must heed warning of recent floods

Asia must heed warning of recent floods

Are Asia's recent floods the result of bad luck, bad weather or bad design? Manila was left paralysed, with a third of the city under water and thousands evacuated from their homes. A few weeks earlier, the worst floods to hit Beijing in decades killed 77 people and affected nearly one million others. A year ago, Thailand's floods caused the deaths of more than 600 people.

31 Aug 2012 - 3:53am

Birth ban will leave HK with fewer workers

A ban on mainland women giving birth in Hong Kong will leave the city with fewer workers to take care of a rapidly ageing population in future, the latest projections from the Census and Statistics Department show.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:42pm

Lasting longevity needs clean air

Few facts could be as comforting to a population as knowing that it is at the top of the longevity rankings. Hong Kong women have overtaken Japanese to have the world's longest life expectancy, 86.7 years, while men are likely to live to 78.4 years, just 1.8 years below the title-holders for the gender, the Swiss.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

'One child' cruel and unnecessary

China's one-child policy has long been a cruel and unusual punishment of a nation, and of some families in particular. But it has achieved nothing that could not have been done without coercion and its likely abandonment in the not-too-distant future will do little or nothing to raise the nation's languishing fertility rate.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Scrapping the one-child policy won't boost China's birth rate

Beijing's one-child policy is abhorrent. But its critics are guilty of gross exaggeration. Despite what they claim, the effect of the one-child policy on China's population and economy has been small.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Academics join call for an end to one-child policy

Three researchers from a top government think tank are calling for an end to the controversial one-child policy - underscoring a growing consensus in the government to revamp the mainland's family-planning policies.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Young adults shun marriage

Nearly half of the city's young adults have no desire to raise a family, says the Family Planning Association.

In its latest Youth Sexuality Study, which is carried out in Hong Kong every five years, the association found that 45 per cent of male respondents and 39 per cent of females were either unsure, or had made a firm decision not to have children.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


We need higher fertility rates

Low fertility rates are a big concern to governments in many developing countries. Hong Kong is no exception. The city's fertility rate was 1.04 children per woman in 2009. This is far lower than the rate of 2.01 children per woman that is needed for well-balanced population growth.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

One-child rule could be eased as population ages

Couples in Shanghai barred from having a second child have drawn encouragement from comments by a family planning authority chief that they should be allowed to have another baby if they wish.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Family planning

In the 21st century, low fertility and its impact on slowing population growth have become a great concern of governments in many parts of the developed world. A total fertility rate of 2.1 children per woman is regarded as the level of inter-generational replacement: a generation of women must each give birth to slightly more than two children to ensure replacement.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Asylum seeker beats odds for college

An African student who arrived in Hong Kong as a penniless 15-year-old unable to speak a word of English has taken up a university place in Australia after an astonishing turnaround in his fortunes.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Greying populace a growing challenge

As China faces mounting pressure over its ageing population, health experts have questioned whether the central government is prepared to address the needs of the elderly.

The concerns were raised at a forum yesterday in Beijing to celebrate World Health Day on the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Gender imbalance remains a problem

On the same day it was revealed that a Shanghai high school got the go-ahead from the municipal education bureau to run two all-boys' classes, the authorities reported that the ratio of newborn boys to every 100 girls born on the mainland last year was 117.78.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am