South Korea in demographic crisis as many stop having babies

6 days ago Jamaica Gleaner

SEOUL, South Korea (AP):Yoo Young Yi’s grandmother gave birth to six children. Other advanced countries have similar trends, but South Korea’s demographic crisis is much worse. The fertility rate, he said, is plunging even though South Korea spent 280 trillion won (US$210 billion) over the past 16 years to try to turn the tide. She said South Korea failed to establish such welfare programmes during its explosive economic growth in the 1960s to 1980s. “After seeing this, I realised my concentration at work would be greatly diminished if I had babies,” Yoo said.
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