Number of ‘left over’ men continues to grow
China may fail to curb its worrying gender imbalance before 2015 as planned, the country’s top family planning body said.
The Sixth National Population Census showed that every year, there are about 1.2 million more “leftover men” — men who are older than 30 and unmarried.
By 2020, China will have at least 30 million more unmarried men than women between the ages of 20 and 45.
“It is a grave social problem as many men will face old age without the economic and emotional support of a family,” said Zhai Zhenwu, head of the School of Social and Population Studies at Renmin University of China.
Lu Huajie, a professor of sociology at Peking University, said illegal gender testing and subsequent abortions are mainly responsible for the current situation.