The demographic crisis in the northeastern provinces of Jilin, Liaoning and Heilongjiang has escalated. Residents move to other provinces at the risk of finding work. The couple delayed planning to get married and start a family.
Compared to 2010, the population of these regions has decreased by ten point three percent by 2020. And Jilin’s population has shrunk by 12.7 percent.
The provinces have renewed their efforts to address the population crisis. Earlier in May, the Chinese government announced that married couples would now be allowed to have three children instead of two.
According to a census, China’s population has been growing at a slower pace since the 1950s. This has led to the uncertainty that China’s population is growing older before it can become rich. Authorities have also been criticized for neglecting to reduce birth rates.
In Jilin Province, maternity leave has been increased from 96 days to 160 days. And men will get 25 days leave instead of 15 days.