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Marriage and parenthood matter, so does immigration: Grace Fu

Published on Feb 5, 2013 5:31 PM
 
File photo of a newborn baby. Allowing immigration does not mean that Singapore does not take its marriage and parenthood objectives seriously, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu said in Parliament on Tuesday. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Allowing immigration does not mean that Singapore does not take its marriage and parenthood objectives seriously, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu said in Parliament on Tuesday.

She said that contrary to what Workers' Party MPs have said in the debate on the White Paper on Population, encouraging marriage and parenthood is central to the Government's policies.

But at the same time, it is "realistic about how quickly birthrates can improve," and its ambitious goal of raising the total fertility rate from the current 1.2 to 1.4 to 1.5 will take time, she added.

In the meantime, the Government's approach "has been to supplement our citizen population with a calibrated pace of immigration."

 
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