Beijing’s population fell for the first time in 20 years.

China’s capital, Beijing, surpassed the number of new births last year. This resulted in the natural population growth being “negative” for the first time since 2003.

The Beijing administration released official statistics, which found that Beijing, with a population of 21.84 million and one of China’s most populous cities, saw the death rate rise to 5.72 per 1,000 residents in 2022 as the birth rate fell to 5.67 per 1,000. r population, or equal to negative 0.05

The figure is based on a survey carried out on 1 November last year. But the report did not specify how long the survey lasted.

Beijing’s population decline coincided with China’s first population decline in 60 years last year. The additional factor is the higher cost of living, especially in big cities like Beijing, the economic slowdown. Combined with the attitude of building a family of the new generation of Chinese people. change

“This statistic is expected. especially in Beijing. “ said Xiujian Peng, a senior research fellow at the Center for Policy Studies at the University of Victoria in Australia.

Peng further explained that Birth rate in Beijing including cities and counties In China, the census is based on the permanent residents, excluding immigrants. or other hidden populations

“Given the high cost of living and education in Beijing, it is normal for the birth rate of permanent residents to drop,” he said.

The Chinese government rescinded the no-COVID policy last month December last year led to COVID-19. spread without control And caused the death of the Chinese population, the exact number is not known.

China’s birth rate last year was 6.77 per 1,000 people, an all-time low. The death rate was the highest since 1974, at 7.37 per 1,000 people.

with concerns that the shrinking population could affect economic growth China’s political advisers have proposed more than 20 ways to boost the birth rate. But experts still think these measures can only help “slow down” the decline in the population.

Source: Reuters