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China just registered 14 million people that never officially existed before

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China just registered 14 million people that before this, had never officially existed on record.

That’s a population size bigger than the state of Illinois, or Pennsylvania.

The 14.35 million were registered over the past four years. Without official IDs, these citizens would have been previously denied access to education and healthcare benefits, Xinhua reports.

As for why so many went unregistered, one big factor to blame was the country’s one-child policy, which it held for nearly 40 years until this was relaxed in 2015, to allow couples to have two children. Read more…

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