China: birthrate, fertility and population policy

Birthrate, fertility and population

The birthrate in developed countries continues to fall. Women with access to education tend to have fewer children, later in life.

For Australia and China, that means an aging population. As more and more adults retire, the number of people working is shrinking.

The government is stretching the money for aged care further and further every year.

A drop in fertility has also affected the birthrate in a lot of countries.

Consequently, immigration has become very important in sustaining population in Australia.

The government has overturned the one-child policy in China to combat the aging population.

But Jane Golley, the deputy director of the Centre on China in the World at ANU says growing the earth’s population isn’t sustainable.

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