5 million people, 36% Foreigners in Singapore!

According to the Statistics department, the population of Singapore is now more than 5 million. About a third of this population consists of those people who are of foreign origin. As of now, the total population of the nation is 5.08 million which was recorded in June end. The information was revealed during a statement made by the department.

From the above figure, about 3.23 million people are local citizens and another 540,000 are permanent residents. These permanent residents are of foreign origin residing in Singapore. Another 1.3 million people are professionals and workers from overseas who are residing in Singapore along with their dependents. This caters to about thirty six percent of foreigners amongst the entire population in the nation.

In 2010, the growth rate of the population was about 1.8%. This projects a decrease in the total number of permanent residents as well as workers of foreign origin coming into the nation. At the same time, there was an increase of about 1.5% in the number of permanent residents. This was however reduced where compared to the growth rate between 2005 and 2009 where in the rate was about 6%.

On the other hand, there was a slight downfall when it came to non-residents and those residing on professional employment passes and short-term work permits. The growth rate slowed to rest at 4.1%. This rate was as high as 19% in 2008 and about 15% in 2007.

Due to the lack of skilled population, the government of the nation had let in foreign migrants into the nation. This number increased constantly between 2004 and 2007 during the boom in the economy.

However, the economic downturn in 2008, a fresh thought was given by the nation’s government on its open-door policy. This also came about after the local citizens started complaining about foreigners competing when it came to jobs, medical care as well as housing.

Despite being rated very high in global surveys when it came to the quality of life, recently there have been symptoms of urban stress in the nation and so on.

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