The following is a translated summary of a report from the local press. It has been edited for clarity, including the addition of links and information needed for readers unfamiliar with Jeju. — Ed.
Jeju has recorded its highest birth rate in 10 years, according to the National Statistical Office. The office’s study of birth certificate data from 2011 found that 5,628 children were born on Jeju, for an average birth rate of 1.49 per family, the highest in a decade.
The office also found 19.1 percent of families on Jeju were considering having a third child. This was far higher than the national average which stood at 11 percent.
According to the Jeju government’s birth rate plan, a program which has been promoted by Governor Woo Keun Min since 2011, the birthrate in Jeju will increase to 1.7 per family (the OECD average) by 2014, and to 2.0 by 2020. To help achieve this, Jeju province provides a range of support services including:
- A 50,000 won per month grant for a year for the family of the third child.
- A childcare products rental center.
- A 50 percent discount on Korean medicine for mothers.