While many other countries in the third world are in fear of the rapid population increase, the Government of South Korea spends more than $70 billion on unsuccessful campaigns to encourage its citizens to let the “birth strike” go and bear more children.
The chief statistician of Gangneung, Dae seong Jeong says the country is at risk of future low economic productivity because of the increase of the elderly and low birth rate. The dependency ratio on the welfare will create a strain on the working population. He adds that there is a 7.3% drop in birthrate in the past one year which is a clear indication of the looming danger.
But then, where did the rains begin to beat? The 22-year-old Yun-seol Choi attributes the “birth strike” to the high cost of university cost and the housing. Generally, she says the cost of living is unfavorable and makes children a luxury like a Porsche.
From other reliable sources, men in South Korea spend very little time with their children leaving the women to task. Women end up carrying a double burden at their workplace and home. They get discouraged because of the lack of support from their spouses.
Yun- shick Chae has a contrary opinion and feels “birth strike” is an act of selfishness and negligence of civic responsibilities. He urges the women to sacrifice for the country and give birth. It irritates him to see the newly wedded shelving the idea of having children.