While China’s population grew last year, the number of births fell for the fourth consecutive year, forcing Beijing to alter its policies. Photo: Reuters
While China’s population grew last year, the number of births fell for the fourth consecutive year, forcing Beijing to alter its policies. Photo: Reuters

China population: rural families unwilling, unable to have more children faced with ‘life of inferiority’

  • In the past, a higher fertility rate in rural areas compensated for a low rate in China’s cities, but demographers say that is no longer the case
  • The cost of living, including education and housing, are putting a new generation of rural migrant workers off having kids

Topic |   China's population
While China’s population grew last year, the number of births fell for the fourth consecutive year, forcing Beijing to alter its policies. Photo: Reuters
While China’s population grew last year, the number of births fell for the fourth consecutive year, forcing Beijing to alter its policies. Photo: Reuters
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