No change in family planning policy
THE Shanghai Population and Family Planning Commission has said the city won’t loosen its strict family planning policy, at least for the present, although some local legislators have suggested allowing all couples with registered residency to have a second child to ease the serious aging problem.
The commission said the aging situation will get better as a rising number of couples from one- child families choose to have second child and more migrant people and expatriates flock to Shanghai, which will help balance the population structure.
It said the aging issue was taken into consideration while formulating the policy in the 1970s, when preconditions were set for having a second child.
Shanghai has kept a negative growth for registered residents for 16 years. In 2009, 22.5 percent of local population was over 60 years old, double the national level.
Hu Min, a deputy to the Shanghai People’s Congress, urged the commission to loosen the population policy, allowing families where both spouses are registered residents to have a second child.
The commission believed the aging problem and low birth rate are not the fault of the family planning policy.