Even With a Low Birthrate and Low Unemployment, Singapore Has Doubts About Immigration

Commuters packing a train in Singapore Photograph by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

Like Japan, South Korea, and fellow, more-developed Asian economies, Singapore has a baby shortage. The birth rate is low, with the government reporting in September that the total fertility rate was 1.29 last year. That’s well below the replacement level of 2.1. While the government has tried to encourage Singaporeans to have larger families, the country for now relies largely on immigration for its population growth.

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