TAIPEI (CNA) — Taiwan will change into a super-aged society by 2025, that means that one in 5 residents will probably be aged over 65, due primarily to a falling start price and a fast-aging inhabitants, the Nationwide Growth Council (NDC) reported on Tuesday.
In 2025, one in each citizen will probably be aged over 65 years, and greater than half of Taiwan’s inhabitants in 2034 will probably be aged above 50, the NDC estimated in a biennial inhabitants projection (2020-2070) report printed that day.
Based mostly on the nation’s newest census on births, deaths and migration information, the NDC estimated that Taiwan’s inhabitants will start to register damaging progress this 12 months after peaking at 23.6 million in January, mainly as a result of there will probably be extra deaths than births and fewer worldwide migration as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
With persistent falling numbers amongst youngsters aged from start to 14 and longer life expectations, senior residents — these older than 65 — will account for over 20 % of Taiwan’s complete inhabitants by 2025, the NDC stated.
As Taiwan is getting older quick, the median age of Taiwanese folks has been rising, it famous, with the determine projected to exceed 50 in 2034, in contrast with 42.7 in 2020 and 40 in 2016.
On the identical time, the variety of freshmen enrolled at universities is estimated to drop from about 250,000 this 12 months to fewer than 200,000 in 2027, the NDC projected, estimating that the variety of college college students aged between 18-21 will shrink by 310,000 through the 2020-2030 interval.
It calculated, nonetheless, that the nation won’t expertise damaging progress within the labor drive till 2031, because of a rising labor participation price within the run-up to that 12 months, it stated.
The council famous that Taiwan’s working-age inhabitants between 15-64 peaked in 2015 and has been declining yearly since then.
NDC Minister Kung Ming-hsin (龔明鑫), in the meantime, stated the federal government has been gearing as much as deal with the difficulty from a wide range of completely different approaches, together with boosting the nation’s fertility price, strengthening the labor drive construction and enhancing take care of senior residents.
The federal government can also be in search of to foster expertise and recruit professionals from dwelling and overseas, in addition to enhancing office atmosphere as a part of efforts to bolster Taiwan’s labor participation price and general manufacturing, he stated.