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Where are the missing babies?

Falling fertility means our global population is set to shrink this century—unless policies make parenthood easier

By Norma Cohen  

China abandoned its One Child Policy in 2015, but there has been no surge in births since. Photo: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert / Alamy Stock Photo

China is to formally announce the results of its 2020 census—which are set to reveal that the country’s population has been barely inching ahead since 2010. This a nation where population had been growing by double digits per decade in the second half of the 20th century.

On the other side of the world, the United States has also released preliminary results of its own 2020 census, showing that although its population increased by 7.4 per cent over the previous decade, this was the slowest rate of expansion of any decade since the founding of the country, save during…

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