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China tries to register estimated 13 million not documented

China tries to register estimated 13 million people without papers, mostly due to family rules

China tries to register estimated 13 million not documented

BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities say they are trying to register an estimated 13 million people who are without documents, most of whom were babies born in violation of the country's strict family-size rules.

The campaign by the Public Security Ministry comes weeks after China announced it will loosen the birth planning restrictions to allow all couples to have two children, instead of one.

Although a national law says all newborns must be registered, local regulations in many Chinese regions require local officials to withhold registration documents for children born in violation of one-child rules until their parents pay fines to family planning officials.

The ministry says it is seeking input on how to deal with the estimated 13 million undocumented. It remains unclear whether any amnesty from fines will be considered.


Updated : 2021-09-26 10:44 GMT+08:00