14 Jun '11, 6am

How can we encourage young couples to start a family? #reachsg

How can we encourage young couples to start a family? #reachsg

Singapore’s total fertility rate fell to a historic low of 1.16 in last year. Demographers attributed this to the 2008-2009 global financial crisis and the Tiger Year effect. According to the Department of Statistics, there were 37,967 births in 2010, the lowest since 2005 when there were 37,492 births. Demographers also note that the inflow of younger immigrants from India and other countries had contributed to a gradual change in racial balance. The number of Indian babies increased from 9.8% in 2005 to 11.3% in 2010, while babies in the ‘Others’ group rose from 8% in 2005 to 12.3% last year. Correspondingly, the number of Chinese babies fell from 64.8% in 2005 to 61.4% last year, while Malay babies made up 15% of babies born last year, down from 17.4% in 2005. Last year also saw a 6.6% drop in the number of marriages registered compared to 2009. However, there was a ris...

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