Only 10% of Beijing Residents Opt for Second Child

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A new survey claims that only 10% of Beijing residents are deciding to have a second child following the relaxation of China’s family planning restrictions, with respondents stating that financial pressure is a key factor.

The poll conducted by the Civil Affairs Bureau found that while nearly 60% of Beijing residents would like to have two children, many were refraining from doing so due to concerns about economic circumstances, as well as education and health care.

The desire for children has also fallen over the past 15 years, from 70.4% of Beijing residents in 2001 to 58.6% in 2016.

The results of the poll arrive following the release of official data indicating that Chinese birthrates posted a year-on-year decline in 2017, despite the annulment of the country’s one-child policy at the start of 2016.

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