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Demographic Crisis Due To Declining Marriage Numbers In China

Agency, Beijing.

Published by: Jeet Kumar
Updated Thu, 25 Nov 2021 01:14 AM IST

Summary

China’s population is growing at the slowest pace among official estimates. The population here has grown to 1.412 billion.

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Apart from the falling birth rate in China, getting married too few people in the country has become a big problem. Due to this, the demographic crisis in the world’s most populous country has intensified.

The recently released ‘China Statistical Yearbook 2021’ data shows that the number of marriage registrations in China has declined for seven consecutive years, reaching a 17-year low last year.

According to data released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, a total of 58.7 lakh couples married in China in the first three quarters of 2021, down from the same period last year. China’s state-run newspaper China Daily reported on Wednesday, it is feared that the number of marriage registrations in China will continue to decline.

According to statistics, this is another reason for the falling birth rate. The birth rate in China last year was 0.852 percent, which is below one percent for the first time since 1978. As the demographic crisis deepened, China ended the decades-old one-child policy, allowing all couples to have two children in 2016 and this year allowing couples to have three.

Reasons for declining interest in marriage
Outlining the reasons for the decline in marriage registration, demographer He Yafu said that due to high work pressure, improving women’s education level and economic independence, interest in marriage among youth has decreased.

Another major reason is the imbalanced ratio of male-female population, he said. In China, males outnumber females by 3.49 lakh according to the seventh national census. Yafu said there are 1.75 lakh more men in their 20s than women of marriageable age. Apart from this, rising inflation is a big obstacle in the way of getting married and having children.

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Apart from the falling birth rate in China, getting married too few people in the country has become a big problem. Due to this, the demographic crisis in the world’s most populous country has intensified.

The recently released ‘China Statistical Yearbook 2021’ data shows that the number of marriage registrations in China has declined for seven consecutive years, reaching a 17-year low last year.

According to data released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, a total of 58.7 lakh couples married in China in the first three quarters of 2021, down from the same period last year. China’s state-run newspaper China Daily reported on Wednesday, it is feared that the number of marriage registrations in China will continue to decline.

According to statistics, this is another reason for the falling birth rate. The birth rate in China last year was 0.852 percent, which is below one percent for the first time since 1978. As the demographic crisis deepened, China ended the decades-old one-child policy, allowing all couples to have two children in 2016 and this year allowing couples to have three.

Reasons for declining interest in marriage

Outlining the reasons for the decline in marriage registration, demographer He Yafu said that due to high work pressure, improving women’s education level and economic independence, interest in marriage among youth has decreased.

Another major reason is the imbalanced ratio of male-female population, he said. In China, males outnumber females by 3.49 lakh according to the seventh national census. Yafu said there are 1.75 lakh more men in their 20s than women of marriageable age. Apart from this, rising inflation is a big obstacle in the way of getting married and having children.

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