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Taiwan's 2015 births up 0.8%

2016/05/29 14:30:29

Taipei, May 29 (CNA) A total of 213,093 babies were born in Taiwan in 2015, an increase of 0.8 percent from the previous year, according to the latest statistics released by the Ministry of the Interior.

Meanwhile, the number of babies born to a mother who is a foreign national, accounted for 6.1 percent, down 0.1 percentage points from the previous year. The rate was a sharp fall from 2005, when 12.9 percent of babies were born to non-Taiwanese mothers, according to the statistics.

Mothers aged 25 to 34 gave birth to more babies than any other age group last year, with the average age of the mothers of newborns rising to 31.7 years from 31.5 in 2014.

The average age was 30.9 among mothers from Southeast Asia, 31.4 among mothers who are Chinese, Hong Kong or Macau citizens, and 31.7 among mothers who are Taiwanese.

With an increasingly apparent trend toward delayed entry into first marriage, the average age of mothers at the birth of their first child in 2015 was 30.6, up from 27.7 in 2005, according to the ministry.

Of the first-time mothers, 57.5 percent were 30 or older, compared with 30.3 percent in 2005, the ministry said.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Evelyn Kao)