Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers, as well as lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.


The ‘Unreached’ in family planning: A case study of the Republic of Korea

The family planning programme of the Republic of Korea has been quite successful, yet it has not been able to extend its services to all couples of childbearing age. For example, there still exists a group of couples who want no more children and yet are not currently using any contraceptive method. The word “pong-eem “, which literally means “being neglected”, i.e. untouched by the family planning programme, was coined to describe this group (Park et al.).


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