The highly educated women and less educated men tend to have more difficulty with finding more suitable spouses.
Life style choice:
Some people choose to remain single, get married older or have fewer children.
High cost of living
Parents want higher standards for children therefore they work longer and have fewer babies.
Other problems, slowing population growth
Abortion is common – ¼ pregnancies are terminated
Divorce rates are rising
Family values are strained
Number of childless couples is 6% and rising
Were there other ways to boost Singapore’s population?
Singapore has experienced that importing foreigners can boost population size and sustain economic growth.
It already has a large amount of foreigners, only 74% are Singaporeans
It could create a wide culture or conflict.
Future prospects Singapore’s fertility rate is still decreasing with a dependency ratio of 37.2% The governments aim is to increase the population by 40% from 4.5 mil to 6.5, and create the 23 rd biggest city in the world.
Long Term Plans
“ The Concept Plan takes a long-term perspective of about 40-50 years. The starting point for planners in their review is the size of the population. Planners will base the Concept Plan 2001 on a long-term population size of 5.5 million. This includes citizens, permanent residents as well as employment-pass and work-permit holders. Why 5.5 million? This is not a target figure, nor is it an optimal population size. It is a reasonable growth estimate from today’s population of 4.0 million, in order to sustain Singapore’s economic growth and provide a critical mass for developing a vibrant city.”