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Seoul mayor plans to improve South Korea’s fertility rate with foreign and low-cost nannies

Oh Se-Hoon
  • Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon has shared his plans to aid South Korea’s ongoing fertility crisis on Facebook.
  • “South Korea’s fertility rate is 0.81 (as of 2021) and Seoul’s fertility rate is 0.63, pushing us past a decrease in population to face a growing concern of demographic extinction,” he wrote.
  • Citing Hong Kong and Singapore as examples, he shared, “I am focusing on policies for foreign child nannies. It will be welcomed news for parents who have avoided nannies because of financial issues or shortage of helpers.”
  • Mayor Oh’s foreign nanny policy is expected to further open South Korea’s borders and ease immigration and visa processes.
  • Earlier in August, South Korea also tripled monthly baby allowances to 1 million KRW (approximately $703) as an incentive for more births.

Oh Se-hoon, Seoul’s mayor, shared plans to alleviate South Korea’s fertility crisis with foreign and low-cost nannies in a Facebook post on Tuesday. 

In the post, translated by NextShark, he states:

South Korea triples baby payments in attempt to reverse fertility ‘calamity’

korea low fertility rate
  • To encourage more births, South Korea is paying every family with a newborn child a monthly allowance of 1 million won (approximately $745).
  • Handouts will begin next year, starting at 700,000 won (approximately $521) before rising to the full amount by 2024.
  • Once the child reaches its first birthday, the stipend will be reduced in half and continued for another year.
  • South Korea broke its own record for the world’s lowest fertility rate in 2021.
  • The expected number of babies per woman dropped from 0.84 to 0.81.

As South Korea continues to hold the record for the world’s lowest fertility rate, families with newborn babies will be given a monthly allowance of 1 million won (approximately $745) to encourage more births.

The budget proposal was unveiled this week as a part of a series of election campaign pledges made by President Yoon Suk-yeol. Under former President Moon Jae-in’s administration, a 300,000 won (approximately $223) stipend was given to each family with a newborn child during their first year.