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Shanghai reports 25% increase in births last year

A total of 226,100 babies were born in Shanghai last year, 25.61 percent more than in 2011, the city's Population and Family Planning Commission said today.
Of the total, 121,100 babies were born of parents who are permanent Shanghai residents, snapping a 19-year trend of declining birthrate.
The natural growth rate of the city's permanent residents was 0.26 per thousand last year, compared with minus 0.68 in 2011. The rising birthrate is attributed to a new baby boom and more couples have a second child legally, officials said.
They said the city's population is steadily increasing due to more births and the influx of migrants. Population density in downtown districts remains very high. The city registered 23.8 million residents last year, 330,000 more than the previous year.
Residents include migrants who have stayed in Shanghai for more than six month. Migrants now account for nearly half of the city's population, the officials said.


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