Singapore has recorded the highest population decline since the 1950s, according to the Population in Brief 2021 report on Tuesday.
The report showed the total population at 5.45 million as of June 2021 but decreased by 4.1% from June 2020 to June 2021.
The National Population and Talent Division (NPTD), a unit under the Prime Minister’s Office that published the report, attributed the decline to the decrease in the non-resident population, which has decreased by 10.7% as of June 2021 due to a reduction in foreign employment caused by COVID-19 travel restrictions and uncertain economic conditions.
Data from the Department of Statistics also showed this was the first time a year-over-year decrease in both the citizen and resident populations since 1970 and the largest population decline since 1950.
To date, Singapore ranked number 114 in the list of countries by population.
Assistant Professor Shannon Ang of Nanyang Technological University said it was time parenthood should be incentivized.
“When many of our births are from inter-ethnic or transnational couples, we need to think more carefully about what being Singaporean is, especially since such a big part of our interactions with social policy is our race,” Professor Ang added.
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