More childcare services needed to boost Taiwan’s low birth rate

Want China Times
Date: 2015-10-21
By: Liu Yung-hsiang and Staff Reporter

In 1984, Taiwan’s total fertility rate — the average number of children born to

The nursery at a hospital in Taiwan. (File photo/CNA)

The nursery at a hospital in Taiwan. (File photo/CNA)

a woman during her childbearing years — dropped below the “replacement level” of 2.1, and by 2010 had fallen to 0.895, the lowest in the world.

Although the birth rate rebounded to 1.17 in 2014, it remained the second lowest globally.

In recent years, the country’s government has introduced a number of policies to encourage people to have children but they have not been implemented in a cohesive manner, says Chyn Yu-rong, policy director at the Awakening Foundation, a local feminist organization.     [FULL  STORY]

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