No end in sight to Taiwan's ageing problem; population fell for the first time in 2020

TAIPEI – Taiwan’s population fell for the first time on record last year, as it continues its inexorable march towards an ageing society. The island recorded 165,249 births and 173,156 deaths last year, the Interior Ministry said last month.

The government, which has long tried to arrest the problem, has raised childcare subsidies in the hope of getting young couples to have more children, but Taiwanese say the incentives are insufficient.

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