Singapore’s population growth hits new low

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SG peopleSingapore’s population recorded its slowest pace of growth in nine years in the 12 months to June 2013 because of “tightened foreign manpower policies,” government statistics released on September 26 showed.

Data released by the National Population and Talent Division (NPTD) showed the total population of the city-state grew by 1.6 per cent to 5.4 million in this period, the slowest rate since 2004 when it grew by 1.3 per cent.

“There was slower growth in foreign employment due to tightened foreign manpower policies and weaker economic conditions,” the NPTD said.

Nearly 29 per cent of Singapore’s population comprises “non-residents” – those working, studying or living in Singapore but not granted permanent residency.

Growth in the number of foreign employees excluding domestic and construction industry workers halved to 3.5 per cent – or 25,000 workers – in the period compared to 7.1 per cent in the previous year.

There was however a surge of 35,000 new workers in the construction sector compared to 29,000 in the previous year.

The NPTD said ongoing infrastructure projects in housing and transport fueled foreign employment growth in the sector.

The slowdown in population growth comes amid new measures by the government to further tighten foreign worker inflows. Singaporeans accuse foreigners of competing with them for jobs, housing, schools and space on public transport.

The discontent spilled into general elections in 2011 when the ruling party garnered its lowest-ever vote count after more than 50 years in power.

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Manpower announced new rules on the hiring of skilled foreign workers, saying that from August 2014 companies will have to show proof they first tried to recruit local citizens.

The city-state’s citizen population grew by 0.9 per cent to 3.31 million, with 11.7 per cent aged above 65. The resident total fertility rate – defined as the average number of live births per woman during her reproductive years – was at 1.29 in 2012, up from 1.20 in 2011, the lowest in the world.

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Singapore’s population recorded its slowest pace of growth in nine years in the 12 months to June 2013 because of “tightened foreign manpower policies,” government statistics released on September 26 showed.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

SG peopleSingapore’s population recorded its slowest pace of growth in nine years in the 12 months to June 2013 because of “tightened foreign manpower policies,” government statistics released on September 26 showed.

Data released by the National Population and Talent Division (NPTD) showed the total population of the city-state grew by 1.6 per cent to 5.4 million in this period, the slowest rate since 2004 when it grew by 1.3 per cent.

“There was slower growth in foreign employment due to tightened foreign manpower policies and weaker economic conditions,” the NPTD said.

Nearly 29 per cent of Singapore’s population comprises “non-residents” – those working, studying or living in Singapore but not granted permanent residency.

Growth in the number of foreign employees excluding domestic and construction industry workers halved to 3.5 per cent – or 25,000 workers – in the period compared to 7.1 per cent in the previous year.

There was however a surge of 35,000 new workers in the construction sector compared to 29,000 in the previous year.

The NPTD said ongoing infrastructure projects in housing and transport fueled foreign employment growth in the sector.

The slowdown in population growth comes amid new measures by the government to further tighten foreign worker inflows. Singaporeans accuse foreigners of competing with them for jobs, housing, schools and space on public transport.

The discontent spilled into general elections in 2011 when the ruling party garnered its lowest-ever vote count after more than 50 years in power.

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Manpower announced new rules on the hiring of skilled foreign workers, saying that from August 2014 companies will have to show proof they first tried to recruit local citizens.

The city-state’s citizen population grew by 0.9 per cent to 3.31 million, with 11.7 per cent aged above 65. The resident total fertility rate – defined as the average number of live births per woman during her reproductive years – was at 1.29 in 2012, up from 1.20 in 2011, the lowest in the world.

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