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China welcomed 17.86 million new children in 2016, an annual increase of 7.9 percent, with new births mostly in the first half of the year

Hayward: China Reverses Population Control Stance, Urges Citizens to Be Fruitful and Multiply

China’s shifting position on population control was signaled this week by a new postage stamp showing a happy family of pigs with three piglets – a strong signal to a populace long forced to have only one child per family and then grudgingly permitted to have two. The message was then transmitted even more clearly by a full-page article in a state-run newspaper mourning “the impact of low birth rates on the economy” and urging citizens to do something about it.

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Italy’s Salvini to Fund Pro-Family Policy with Tax on Migrants

Matteo Salvini’s populist League (La Lega) has promised a comprehensive new pro-family government policy including child care and other policies to encourage Italians to have more children, with the plan being partially funded by a tax on migrants sending cash overseas.

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China: One-Child Policy Saved Women from Becoming ‘Breeding Machines’

China’s Global Times editorialized on Wednesday about the dark side of lifting stern controls on family size in a bid to reverse demographic decline – namely, that women might become “breeding machines” as their families revert to Chinese tradition and pressure them to have a large number of children.

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Chinese Media Foreshadows End of Family Planning Policies

China’s state-run media was keenly interested in a Monday column from Bloomberg News report that Beijing is thinking about scrapping its 40-year-old family planning policy and allowing Chinese citizens to have as many children as they want.

Newborn Babies Sleeping In Hospital Nursery. (Photo by: Tommaso Di Girolamo/AGF/UIG via Getty Images)

German Childbirths Rise Due to Mass Migration

The number of childbirths in Germany has declined for years but a recent report has shown a rebound as migrant women accounted for almost one in four mothers in the country in 2016.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 05: Secondary school teacher Sarah Ward at home on maternity leave with her three month old daughter Esme Kelliher, is in the last week of her paid parental leave allowance ahead of the New Zealand Federal Budget release, on May 5, 2015 in Auckland, New …

France Sees Third Straight Year of Birthrate Decline

New figures showing that the birthrate in France has declined for the third year in a row as the death rate increased, according to the French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE).