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Shanghai baby boom continues

ABOUT 168,000 babies are expected to be born by local residents in the city this year, a little bit more than the 164,600 babies last year.

Local residents, which include those with registered residence and migrant people who keep staying in the city for over six months, will give birth to about 170,000 babies next year concerning the recent newly-wed couples and number of women at their birth age, said officials from Shanghai Population and Family Planning Commission today.

By last month, some 133,000 babies were delivered by local residents this year. About 73,000 were from people with registered residency and 60,000 were from migrant people staying here over six months.

Officials said Shanghai will have 160,000 to 170,000 babies annually for the following years. The current baby boom which started from 2006 will be end in 2017, because people who were born in the previous baby boom in 1980s start to get married and start their families.

Shanghai is a magnet to migrant people and many of them chose to stay in the city for long term. Most migrant people feel good in staying Shanghai and nearly 90 percent have stable job with 2,500 yuan (US$375) monthly income by average.

Good opportunity on job, good security and chance of personal development are the main causes driving migrant people to work and live in Shanghai.

According to survey conducted by the commission in July on 4,011 migrant workers between 16 and 59, half of them want to stay in Shanghai for long term and 36.6 percent among these people want a permanent stay.

The intention of long-term stay is in line with people's educational background and how long they have lived in Shanghai.

The three top reasons preventing migrant people's long-term stay are high living cost, high working pressure and a lack of relatives and friends.

The commission also found the surveyed people have stayed in the city for an average of six years and 83 percent are living with their families.

Among those who have children, 59 percent want their children to grow up and develop their future career in the city.

"Concerning the strong desire of migrant people, local authorities should do proper preparation for their children's schooling and employment," said Xie Lingli, director of Shanghai Population and Family Planning Commission.

The commission also studied local residents' birth control situation in June, finding 81.1 percent of women at their birth age are using birth-control methods, 0.9 percent point higher than last year.

The use of condom is growing, reflecting people's increasing recognition on the convenient and safe contraceptive measure, officials said.


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