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4 in 5 Singaporeans see migrants as short-term fix for birth rate

Published on Aug 16, 2012 9:09 AM
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Four in five Singaporeans felt that bringing in migrants is a short term solution, and for the long term, Singaporeans must decide whether to replace themselves in the next generation. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

Four in five Singaporeans felt that bringing in migrants is a short term solution, and for the long term, Singaporeans must decide whether to replace themselves in the next generation.

The sentiment arose even as nearly one in two of them agreed that the stark picture of a shrinking and ageing population has made them realise the need to change mindsets regarding marriage and parenthood.

The opinions came as Government feedback agency Reach released the results of a snap poll on the reactions to former Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew's speech on Aug 11 about marriage and parenthood issues.

The poll, which covered 106 Singaporeans aged 18 and above, also found that 88 per cent of respondents agree or strongly agree that it is important for Singaporeans to have children as there will not be enough original citizens left to form the majority if we do not do so.