We refer to the article “Singapore population now at 5.47 million, slowest growth in 10 years” (Straits Times, Sep 25).
Slowest growth in a decade?
It states that “Singapore’s population grew at its slowest pace in a decade in the one year to June 2014, due to a slow down in the inflow of foreign workers.”
How many S’poreans to new citizens & foreigners?
Since it is the slowest growth in 10 years “due to a slow down in the inflow of foreign workers” – we were curious as to the relative growth of foreigners and new citizens to Singaporeans, i.e. for every 1 Singaporean increased – how many foreigners and new citizens increased?
29,500 citizens, but 20,572 new citizens?
As the growth in citizens was 29,500 – if we less off the 20,572 new citizens – we get only 8,928 “true blue” Singaporeans.
With 31,017 citizen births less 18,938 deaths – we get 12,079. Does this mean that Singaporeans who may have left Singapore accounted mainly for the difference of 3,151 citizens (12,079 minus 8,928)?
1 Singapore = 2 new citizens?
In other words, for every 1 “true blue” Singaporean increased – there were about 2 new citizens (20,572 divided by 8,928).
Foreigners increased by 44,600?
The increase in foreigners was 44,600.
1 Singaporean = 5 foreigners?
So, does it mean that for every “true blue” Singaporean increased – there was an increase of about 5 foreigners (44,600 divided by 8.928)?
1 Singaporean = 2 new citizens + 5 foreigners?
Hence, for every 1 “true blue” Singaporean – we had about 2 new citizens and 5 foreigners?
At this rate, even if it is the slowest overall population growth rate in a decade – “true blue” Singaporeans may increasingly become a minority in their homeland in time to come.
Roy Ngerng and Leong Sze Hian
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