Singapore will take in 15,000 to 25,000 new citizens to stop the population from shrinking, says the Population White Paper.
On an average, 18,500 people were granted Singapore citizenship annually over the last five years but fewer than that last year, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said in September last year, according to AsiaOne.
The government also plans to take in about 30,000 permanent residents each year. “This will maintain a stable PR population of between 0.5 and 0.6 million, to ensure a pool of suitable potential citizen,” says the white paper.
The number of new permanent residents decreased from an average of 58,000 a year from 2004 to 2008, to 28,500 a year from 2010 onwards, said DPM Teo last September.
“We have come down from a high of 79,000 new PRs in 2008 to about 30,000 each year currently,” says the white paper.