22 Jan '12, 1am

PM Lee looks forward to Dragon Year baby boom: 'We do not want to rely more heavily on immigration'

SINGAPORE - Singapore's Total Fertility Rate (TFR) picked up "slightly" last year, climbing to 1.20 from the historic low of 1.15 in 2010, revealed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his Chinese New Year message. Last year's increase was the first since 2007, when the TRF inched up by 0.01 to 1.29. But, sounding a caution against premature celebration, Mr Lee said he did not think Singapore has "reversed the long-term downward trend". The TFR "has been steadily dropping" from 1.6 in 2000, he noted, "despite many Government measures to encourage couples to have more children". "This is especially true for Chinese Singaporeans, whose TFR has dropped from 1.43 to 1.08 over the same period," added Mr Lee. Indeed, the pick-up in birth rates last year surprised sociologist Paulin Straughan, who suggested that more statistics could be released to shed more light on which groups we...

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