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Outlying Kinmen County sees highest population growth

Outlying Kinmen County sees highest population growth

Taipei, March 14 (CNA) Taiwan's sparsely populated outlying Kinmen county has recorded the country's highest growth in population last year possibly due to financial and social welfare incentives offered by the local government, the Ministry of the Interior said on Saturday. The county saw a 5.807 percent annual growth in population by the end of 2014, the highest in Taiwan, followed by Lienchiang (Matsu) County's 2.803 percent and Penghu County's 1.353 percent, both offshore islands as well, the ministry said. The figure seen in Kinmen could be a result of generous social welfare benefits there, according to the ministry. One of the most well-known social welfare policies is that residents in the county are given liquor -- Kinmen's local delicacy -- on important national holidays. Relatively convenient traffic to mainland China also could have played a role, too, the ministry said, citing the "mini three links" as a catalyst. In April 2000, the ruling Kuomintang government promulgated the Offshore Islands Development Act to launch postal, transportation and commercial links between Taiwan's offshore areas and China, paving the way for what is known as the "mini three links" that do not involve the main island of Taiwan. Nationwide, New Taipei City recorded the highest population last year with 3.97 million people, followed by Kaohsiung City's 2.77 million and Taichung City's 2.71 million. The capital Taipei City came in fourth with 2.68 million. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-17 08:35 GMT+08:00