27 Feb '11, 2am

[TR] Singapore struggles to raise fertility rate

[TR] Singapore struggles to raise fertility rate

The record low fertility rate has been making headlines in Singapore since the release of statistics last month showing fertility rate dipping further to a new low of 1.16 last year. The fall obviously worried many as discussions had been hot as to how the country of five million might get out of the troublesome situation of the population not being able to replenish itself naturally. Some even looked back on the painful experience of Japan who had completed the process of industrialization earlier. Some suggested mandating paternity leave and more perks, and the government also tried to help the young people find partners in a bid to raise fertility rate. Nevertheless, government ministers admitted that there would be no easy way out and that they were not resolving to the generous but expensive Nordic model, at least not now. RECORD LOW FERTILITY RATE Even before the fer...

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