Singapore continues to face population challenges

18:50, June 22, 2010      

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Singapore's total population grew by 3.1 percent to reach 4.99 million in 2009 over the previous year, official data showed on Tuesday.

Growth was recorded across citizens (+1.1 percent), permanent residents (PR; +11.5 percent) and non-residents (+4.8 percent). Amid the global recession, growth in the non-resident population had slowed significantly compared to the 19.0 percent increase in 2008 over 2007, according to a report released by Singapore's National Population Secretariat, Prime Minister's Office.

The secretariat said that Singapore continues to face significant population challenges, brought about by persistently low fertility rates and consequently an ageing population.

To resolve this, it will continue on its three-prong approach of supporting more Singaporeans in getting married and having more children, facilitating the naturalization and integration of foreigners, and engaging Singaporeans staying overseas.

The proportion of residents (citizens and PRs) aged 65 and above increased from 7.0 percent of the resident population in 1999 to 8.8 percent in 2009.

Correspondingly, the number of younger residents aged 15-64 for every resident aged 65 and above (i.e. the old-age support ratio) fell from 10.1 in 1999 to 8.3 in 2009.

Source: Xinhua


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