fredag 24. september 2021

These Chinese villages are paying couples to have more children

With China facing a looming demographic crisis, the government last month passed into law a three-child policy raising the permitted limit on family sizes. But with many couples still hesitant to expand their families, some places are now offering cash incentives to encourage more births.

Huangzhugen village, in Lianjiang city in southern Guangdong province, will pay permanent residents up to $510 a month for babies born after September 1, state-run tabloid Global Times reported on Wednesday. Families will receive the monthly subsidies until their babies turn 2 and a half years old -- which could add up to more than $15,000 in total per baby. The average annual income in Lianjiang was $3,295 per person in 2019, according to official data. The subsidies, worth several million yuan in total, were donated by a wealthy man in the village, local newspaper Zhanjiang Daily reported.