17 Jan '11, 6am

Singapore's fertility rate slumped to a new low, dipping to 1.16 in 2010, from 1.22 in 2009

THE average number of children that a Singapore woman would bear in her lifetime dropped to yet another nadir last year. Preliminary estimates of the Total Fertility Rate put it at 1.16, down from 1.22 - already a record low - the previous year, announced Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Wong Kan Seng on Monday. Meanwhile, the number of new permanent residents has also gone down. A total of 29,265 foreigners were granted permanent residency last year. This is half of the 59,460 given in 2009. But the number of new citizens held steady at 18,758, a little shy of the 19,928 in the previous year. Speaking at the Singapore Perspectives Conference organised by think-tank Institute of Policy Studies, DPM Wong also laid out the long-term thrust of Singapore's population strategy. Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Straits Times.

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