Singapore’s population grew to 5.4 million in June this year, a 1.6 per cent annual increase that was the slowest in nine years, the government announced yesterday. It has not been this low since 2004, when the population grew by only 1.3 per cent.
The number of citizens rose to 3.31 million from 3.29 million a year ago, going up by just 0.9 per cent, as in the previous year.
“The permanent resident population remained stable at 0.53 million,” said the Population in Brief 2013 report released by the National Population and Talent Division under the Prime Minister’s Office.
The non-resident population went up to 1.55 million from 1.49 million a year ago. That was a 4 per cent increase, down from 7 per cent the previous year.
Because the non-resident population grew more slowly, that dragged down the growth rate. For there was no change in the growth rate of citizens and the permanent resident population “remained stable”.
The government plans to continue to take in 15,000 to 25,000 new citizens and 30,000 permanent residents each year to replenish the citizen population.