One-child policy haunts ageing China

State policy of reduced childbirths means one-third of population will be over the age of 60 by 2050.

    China's elderly are traditionally cared for at home, but young adults are increasingly sending their aging parents to hospices.

    The country's "one-child policy" means not enough babies are being born to support this elderly population.

    Around 12 years ago, there were six workers for every retiree. By the year 2030, however, it is estimated that there will be just two workers for every retiree. By 2050, one-third of China's population are expected to be aged over 60.

    Al Jazeera's Laura Kyle reports from Beijing.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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