Taipei, The Ministry of the Interior has estimated there would be some 164,000 births in Taiwan last year, the lowest since records began, as an expected COVID-19 baby boom has failed to materialize.
The latest data from the ministry shows that there were 147,702 births in the first 11 months of 2020, with the number for the full year expected to be around 164,000, lower than the record low of 166,886 set in 2010.
November saw the most births with 14,656 in 2020, the data shows, which also indicates that population change due to natural causes during the Jan.-Nov. period was minus 10,246 people.
Meanwhile, population change due to social causes from January to November, including migration, was minus 29,519.
The low birth rate is in line with projections made by the National Development Council (NDC) last year.
According to its report released in August 2020, Taiwan began to experience negative population growth in January last year after peaking at 23.6 million in 2019.
Taiwan will become a super-aged society by 2025, meaning that one in five citizens will be over the age of 65, due mainly to the falling birth rate and a fast-aging population, the report said.
Detailed statistics on population change in 2020 will be released on Jan. 10, according to the Ministry of the Interior.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel