31 Mar '14, 5pm

In Singapore, citizens don’t want babies — or foreign workers, either

In Singapore, citizens don’t want babies — or foreign workers, either

Get the message? (Lydia DePillis/The Washington Post) In Singapore, the place where most people go to make the biggest decision in their lives — other than, arguably, their choice of a spouse — is the headquarters of the Housing Development Board. It's a get-a-room, one-stop shop: Browse the planned communities depicted in glass-enclosed models on the first floor, pick out your unit at the staged showrooms three floors up, and descend again to line up your financing and apply for a spot. Spend much time there, though, and the real mission becomes apparent: Make babies. Right now, Singapore is a time bomb. In 1980, there were 17 people working for every retired person. That's come down to six people today, and by 2030, the ratio is expected to be 2 to 1 — a problem stalking much of the developed world that's bearing down on this island city-state with alarming speed. So at ...

Full article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/03/3...

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