‘Foreign & new citizens’ increased 6x that of ‘real’ citizens?

Office workers walk through the central business district during lunch break.PHOTO: BLOOMBERGOffice workers walk through the central business district during lunch break.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

38.4% (excluding new citizens) of the population are non-Singaporeans?

I refer to the article “Singapore’s total population inches up to 5.64 million, after flat growth last year” (Today, Sep 27).

It states that “After posting the slowest growth in more than a decade last year, the Republic’s total population size has rebounded slightly, based on government statistics released on Thursday (Sept 27).

As of June, Singapore’s total population stands at 5.64 million — inching up by 0.5 per cent over the past year. The population growth was almost flat (0.1 per cent) between June 2016 and June 2017.

The slight increase this time was “mainly due to stable growth in the citizen population”, said the latest annual population brief issued by the Prime Minister’s Office Strategy Group, in collaboration with partner agencies.

The citizen population grew by 1 per cent, to reach 3.47 million as of June. Both the number of permanent residents (PRs) and the non-resident population remained “relatively stable” at 0.52 million, and 1.64 million respectively.”

Citizen population grew by 32,700, but 22,076 new citizens granted?

The citizen population grew last year by 32,700 (3,471,900 – 3,439,200).

However, 22,076 new citizens were granted in 2017.

So, does it mean that “real” citizens increased by about 10,624 (32,700 – 22,076)?

So, does this mean that the net increase in “real” (non-new) citizens was only about 10,624 (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 11,452 (22,076 – 10,624) a year.

Does it mean that “the citizen population growth comprised in proportional terms – about 68 and 32 per cent for new citizens and “real” (non-new) citizens, respectively?

The PR population decreased by 4,300 (522,300 – 526,600).

The new citizens (22,076) growth may be increasing at a much faster rate than “real” (non-new) citizens (10,624).

Citizen population increased 364,000, but new citizens increased 218,916?

From 2006 to 2018 – the citizen population increased by 364,000 (3,471,900 – 3,107,900).

However, 218,916 new citizens were granted from 2007 to 2017.

New citizens outstripping “real” citizens?

So, does it mean than the average increase in “real” (non-new) citizens per year was only about 13,189 (364,000 – 218,916 divided by 11 years)?

In other words, does it mean that new citizens granted (218,916) was at a much higher rate and quantum than “real” (non-new) citizens (145,084)?

441,508 new PRs were granted?

From 2007 to 2017 – 441,508 new PRs were granted.

PR population increased by 104,300?

Foreign population increased by 771,100?

From 2006 to 2018 – the PR population increased by 104,300 (522,300 – 418,000) and the foreign population by 771,100 (1,646,500 – 875,400).

Non-citizen population increased by 875,400 (771,100 foreigners + 104,300 PRs) – about 6 times more than (875,400 divided by 145,084) the “real” citizens’ increase of 145,084?

In other words, the non-citizen population increased by 875,400 against citizens’ (including new citizens) increase of 364,000 and “real” (non-new) citizens’ increase estimated at 145,084.

Leong Sze Hian

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Leong Sze Hian has served as the 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), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.