About 177,000 children were born nationwide from January to November last year, Ministry of the Interior statistics showed. Even with a generous estimate of 18,000 newborns for last month, the number of children born last year would total only 195,000, the ministry said. The declining birth rate was directly tied to the falling number of couples getting married, Lin said. He attributed the nation’s declining birth rate to Taiwanese living abroad having children overseas and marriage later in life. The government should encourage people to marry, establish better childcare facilities and offer incentives to families to have more than one child to boost the birth rate, Lin said.
Source: Taipei Times January 02, 2018 15:56 UTC