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Singapore's total fertility rate continues to dip, but citizen births and marriages are up

Published Thu, Feb 28, 2019 · 09:50 PM

Singapore

HOW Singapore can build a sustainable population in light of its ageing demographic was foremost on the minds of various Members of Parliament (MPs) on Day 1 of the Committee of Supply (COS) debates on Thursday.

MP Vikram Nair, for example, wanted to know why Singapore's total fertility rate (TFR) has continued falling despite efforts to arrest it.

The TFR, which is the average number of children a woman would have in her lifetime, dipped to 1.16 in 2017, and to 1.14 last year.

Josephine Teo, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Home Affairs on Population, identified two driving forces behind this - longer-term changes in values and social norms, as well as short-term factors such as economic u…

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