More Singaporeans marrying and having children later as birth rate continues to plunge
Posted by temasektimes on June 29, 2012
Singapore’s population woes continue as latest statistics released by the National Population and Talent Division shows that the proportion of singles has increased across all age groups between 2000 and 2011.
Among citizens aged 30-34, singlehood rates went up from 33 per cent to 44 per cent for men and from 22 per cent to 31 per cent for women.
Singaporeans are also marrying later – at age 30 for men and about 28 for women (from age 28.5 to 30.1 for men and age 26.1 to 27.8 for women), resulting in couples having fewer children.
The proportion of married women having one child or none has gone up while the declining birth rate is across all ethnic groups.
The government has responded to the figures by saying it will ‘review’ its policies to encourage Singaporeans to get married and bear children.
The same division had earlier released a paper calling for Singapore to continue importing foreigners to make up for the shortfall in population.
Singapore’s declining birth rate can be attributed partly to its high cost of living, particularly that of housing which was aggravated in recent years by the relentless influx of immigrants.