China gives money to couples who have more children

In August, the Chinese government passed a law allowing couples to have a third child as the country is facing a severe demographic crisis.

The town of Puwei is in the city of Fanzhihua, in the southwestern province of Sichuan. Photo: CNN
The town of Puwei is in the city of Fanzhihua, in the southwestern province of Sichuan. Photo: CNN

According to CNN, despite adopting a new family planning policy, many couples in China are still afraid to have more children. This has led some localities to launch incentives such as giving money to encourage couples to have more children.

The Global Times reported that Huangzhugen village in Lijiang city, in southern Guangdong province, has pledged to support couples with $510 a month if they give birth after September 1. Accordingly, families will receive a monthly allowance until their child is 2 and a half years old. Thus, each child will receive a total amount of support that can reach more than 15,000 USD.

According to 2019 official data, the average annual income in Lijiang is $3,295. Local newspaper Zhanjiang Daily revealed that the subsidy amount, totaling several million yuan, was donated by a wealthy man in the village.

The three-child policy is the latest measure in the Chinese government's efforts to increase the birth rate amid a rapidly aging population and shrinking workforce. Authorities decided to change the policy just weeks after the 2020 census was released, which showed the country's population growing at its slowest rate in decades.

Linze county, in northwest China's Gansu province, is also offering a $6,200 property grant to couples having a second or third child. The local government is also planning to provide it. cash grants of up to $1,500 annually per child in families with two or three children.

Fan Zhihua, a city in Sichuan province, has also announced that it will reward families with two or more children, up to $80 per month per child.

Not only in China, many other Asian countries experiencing a demographic crisis have also adopted similar measures to encourage couples to have more children. The Japanese town of Nagi has become a fertility model after its couples were paid to have more children. They will receive 100,000 yen for the first child, 150,000 yen for the second child, and 400,000 yen for the fifth child.

Japanese Children. Photo: CNN
Japanese Children. Photo: CNN

In Singapore, one of the countries with one of the lowest birth rates in the world, the government offered to pay parents wishing to have children last year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, in China, the policy of encouraging more children has been criticized by many women and young people. These people said the reason why they decided not to have more children was because the country had not solved outstanding problems, such as gender inequality, lack of paternity, and rising cost of living. and job opportunities decrease.

To have more children, women often have to make significant career sacrifices and may face increasing discrimination in the workplace. In particular, women in China are still responsible for taking care of children and housework. In this country, the number of women graduating from college and entering the workforce is growing faster than ever, but fewer and fewer are willing to make that sacrifice.

Another reason couples are not having more children is the rising cost of living in urban centers, more competition for jobs and stagnant wages. Even in less populated rural areas, such obstacles persist. A survey in the district of Linze found that the top three factors that discourage families with more than one child are pressure on housing, education and childcare.

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