Foreign & new citizens’ population increased 7 times more than “real” citizens?


Population hits 5.61m

I refer to the article “Singapore’s population hits 5.61 million in June, with more births, maids, long-term visit passes” (Straits Times, Sep 27).

It states that “On the whole, the citizen population grew by 1 per cent from June 2015 to June 2016.

The non-resident population grew by 2.5 per cent over the same period, to 1.67 million people. The bulk of this growth came from foreign domestic workers and dependents on long-term visit passes, said the report.”

Citizen population grew by 33,900, but 20,815 new citizens granted? 

The citizen population grew last year by 33,900 (3,408,900 – 3,375,000).

However, 20,815 new citizens were granted in 2015.

“Real” citizens increased 13,085?

So, does this mean that the net increase in “real” (non-new) citizens was only about 13,085 (33,900 – 20,815) (citizen births – citizen deaths – increase in Singaporeans overseas) for the year?

New citizens outstripping “real” citizens?

If so, then the annual increase in new citizens may be outstripping that of “real” (non-new) citizens by about 7,730 (20,815 – 13,085) a year.

Does it mean that “the citizen population (which) grew by 1 per cent” comprised about 0.61 and 0.39 per cent for new citizens and “real” (non-new) citizens, respectively?

Foreigners increased 41,400? 

The foreign population increased last year by 41,400 (1,673,700 – 1,632,300) and the PR population decreased by 3,100 (527,700 – 524,600).

So, the net increase in the non-citizen population was 38,300 (41,400 – 3,100).

Foreigners increased 3 times more than “real” citizens? 

Foreigners + new citizens increased 4.5 times more than “real” citizens?

Does this mean that the non-citizen plus new citizen population growth of 59,115 (20,815 + 38,300) may be outstripping the “real” (non-new) citizens’ growth by 46,030 (59,115 – 13,085)?

In other words, both the new citizens (20,815) and non-citizens’ population (38,300) growth may be increasing at a much faster rate than “real” (non-new) citizens (13,085).

Citizen population increased 301,000, but new citizens increased 174,738?

From 2006 to 2016 – the citizen population increased by 301,000 (3,408,900 – 3,107,900).

However, 174,738 new citizens were granted from 2007 to 2015.

New citizens outstripping “real” citizens?

So, does it mean than the average increase in “real” (non-new) citizens per year was only about 126,262 (301,000 – 174,738 divided by 9 years)?

In other words, does it mean that new citizens granted (174,738) was at a much higher rate and quantum than “real” (non-new) citizens (126,262)?

378,609 new PRs were granted?

From 2007 to 2015 – 378,609 new PRs were granted.

PR population increased by 106,600?

Foreign population increased by 798,300? 

From 2006 to 2016 – the PR population increased by 106,600 (524,600 – 418,000) and the foreign population by 798,300 (1,673,700 – 875,400).

Non-citizen population increased by 904,900 – 7 times more than “real” citizens?

In other words, the non-citizen population increased by 904,900 (798,300 + 106,600) against citizens’ (including new citizens) increase of 301,000 or “real” (non-new) citizens’ increase estimated at 126,262.

Note: As some of the figures given in the report are from January to December and some from June to June, and some are from 2006 to 2016 and 2007 to 2015 – the above are estimates.

Leong Sze Hian

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Leong Sze Hian has served as president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), invited to speak more than 200 times in over 30 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of Indonesia and Brunei. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.