April 08, 2016

13 million ghost children getting official recognition and documents

Birth controls still exist in China: The one-child policy was replaced by a two-child policy. Authorities in Beijing quietly began to give undocumented 2nd and third children legal status without first paying fines. Hukou registration is being provided which is like an internal passport and provides access to government services. It allows registration in school.

In 2010, China estimated that 13 million people had not been properly registered.

The words “family planning” went unmentioned in China’s state-of-the-union-style work report this year, for the first time since the advent of the one-child policy. Some observers see that as an indication that population control will soon vanish. In China, political leaders in some regions have already proposed tax and maternity-leave incentives for parents of second children.

Liang Zhongtang, a demographer from the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He has called for the complete abolition of birth controls.

Parents are seeing signs that the once-formidable family-planning regime is collapsing




SOURCE- Toronto Globe and Mail

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