30 Sep '15, 7am

Singapore population hits 5.54m but growth slowest in a decade

Singapore population hits 5.54m but growth slowest in a decade

SINGAPORE: Even as more Singaporeans are getting married and having babies, the Republic’s population grew at its slowest in a decade, rising 1.2 per cent to reach 5.54 million in June. The statistics, released on Wednesday (Sep 30) by the National Population and Talent Division (NPTD) in its annual Population in Brief report, also showed that the number of citizens rose to 3.38 million, through births and immigration. There were about 20,000 new citizens last year, with 37.5 per cent of them aged 20 and below, 27.9 per cent of them aged between 31 and 40, and the remaining above 40 years old. The Government plans to continue taking in between 15,000 and 25,000 new citizens each year to prevent the citizen population from shrinking, the report said. The number of permanent residents remained stable at 0.53 million. The Government will grant about 30,000 PRs each year to ke...

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