For the primary time in South Korea’s historical past, the variety of inhabitants has declined in a single 12 months, writes The Guardian. The low delivery price, coupled with an growing older inhabitants, is claimed to be the reason for the decline.
Within the absence of a break within the pattern, the inhabitants can be a lot smaller
Final 12 months, 51,829,023 folks lived in South Korea, in accordance with the British newspaper. That’s virtually 21,000 fewer than the earlier 12 months. Within the capital Seoul, the variety of inhabitants is claimed to have decreased by 60,000.
The shrinkage of the inhabitants will not be completely shocking. South Korea has seen annual inhabitants progress shrink from 1.49 p.c to 0.05 p.c in 2019 since 2010. Inhabitants progress has additionally slowed significantly in different Asian international locations, akin to Japan.
Inhabitants of the international locations are getting older, whereas younger adults are having fewer and fewer kids. In recent times, a bunch of 100 South Korean ladies would have on common “solely” 92 kids; by no means earlier than has it involved such a small quantity, mentioned The Guardian. Half a century in the past, 100 ladies had about 450 kids.
Final 12 months, 275,815 infants had been born in South Korea, in comparison with 307,764 deaths. Within the absence of a pattern break within the figures, South Korea can have ‘solely’ 39 million inhabitants in 2067, 46 p.c of whom can be older than 64 years, the British newspaper writes.
President Moon Jae-In needs to stimulate household growth by giving pregnant ladies 1 million gained (transformed 750 euros), along with month-to-month allowances for kids as much as one 12 months.
Consultants see a reference to the disappearance of the ‘conventional division of roles’: South Korean ladies are much less prone to marry and tackle the schooling of the kids, write British media. In 1996, 435,000 marriages had been celebrated, in comparison with greater than 257,000 final 12 months.