As Singapore's demographics change, so too must mindsets

The Republic’s population trajectory calls for a relook at our ideas about what it means to be a vibrant society, to be Singaporean, and to have a good job.

The data underscored longer-term trends that preceded the pandemic, namely declining fertility and a rapidly ageing population. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
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Singapore's Population In Brief report, released last month, revealed a record 4.1 per cent fall in total population. Foreigners accounted for much of this fall, as the Covid-19 pandemic exerted a toll on foreign employment.

The resident population also dipped for the first time. Travel curbs kept residents away from Singapore, while fewer citizenships and permanent residencies were granted.

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