China: Shanghai’s population dips for 1st time this century
Shanghai has seen its population shrink for the first time this century. The city’s statistics bureau said Shanghai’s permanent population, those who have lived there for six months or more, was about 24 million at the end of 2015– a decline of 0.4 percent year on year.
The city has been a magnet for job seekers thanks to a booming economy, but its aging local population and low birth rate have dragged down the growth figure.
But population experts believe the negative growth was mainly a result of the megacity’s measures to curb its population. Shanghai has relocated many residents, by phasing out obsolete industrial capacities and demolishing illegal buildings.
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