Singapore, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Singapore’s population size this year saw its sharpest percentage drop since 1950, a report said on Tuesday, as coronavirus-induced travel restriction kept foreigners away from the Asian financial hub.
It was the second consecutive year the city-state saw its population shrink and only the third time it had negative growth since 1950, according to an official annual population report.
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The total population, which includes foreigners who live, work and study in Singapore but are not permanent residents, dropped by 4.1% to 5.45 million people.
That was largely as a result of a 10.7% decrease in its non-resident population.
Similar to other developed nations, Singapore has been experiencing a dwindling birth rate and ageing population.
The government has offered one-off payment to encourage Singaporeans to have children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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