Revisiting the Singapore population size debate

With birth rates falling to historic lows, it’s time we take a hard-headed look at how to remain a vibrant city, and the critical role of immigration in this mission

Singapore may not be near a population of 10 million, but it would be prudent to plan for that density in mind. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
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Ten years ago, Singapore saw a rather unprecedented public outcry at the suggestion that 6.9 million people might one day inhabit this island.

A Population White Paper that had cited this figure as a planning parameter – not a target – for around 2030 saw strong protests from segments of the public and ruling party backbenchers.

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