Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, November 20, 2021

China: Percentage Of Newly Married Couples Dropped Since 2019

From Global Times:

Both in cities and countryside, young people's willingness to get married is declining from the fact that the number of newly married couples in the first three quarters has dropped by 17.5%. According to statistics from China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs, there were 5.88 million newly married couples in the first three quarters of 2021. Another study shows that from 2013 to 2020, the number of marriage registrations fell from 13.47 million couples to 8.13 million.

The director of population development said that the fall indicates a decrease of married women of child-bearing age, and this may likely decrease the number of newborn babies. Whether living in urban or rural areas is not a factor. Young people from countryside do not consider marriage as inevitable and women had the lowest willingness to get married. Many factors contribute to the outcome, such as more stress from living cost and longer period of education to be received.

China's cabinet decided in late September to repeal three administrative regulations related to family planning policies, including regulations on technical services for family planning, social maintenance fees and family planning work for the migrant population.

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