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S. Korea in March sees sharpest population drop since records began Updated: 2022-05-25 11:42:12 KST

South Korea in March saw its sharpest population drop since records began.
Statistics Korea on Wednesday said the country's population fell in March by more than 21-thousand.
That's the most drastic drop South Korea has seen since the office started compiling data in the early 1980s.
Zooming in on the population change, the number of births hit a new low while deaths sharply climbed.
In March, there were just under 23-thousand newborns the fewest on record for the month of March.
The number of newly weds also dropped more than 8 percent, despite couples no longer putting off weddings because of the pandemic.
And there were more than 44-thousand deaths in March.
That's an almost 70 percent rise from March last year.
The aging and declining population is starting to show in relocation data.
The latest report shows that in April, 483-thousand people in South Korea moved to a different neighborhood an on-year drop of almost 19 percent.
An expert at Statistics Korea said that this is most likely due to the aging population, because as people age, they find less and less reason to move.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News
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