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Workers’ Party publishes its Population Policy Paper (ChannelNewsAsia)
SINGAPORE: The Workers’ Party has released its own paper on Population, just two weeks after Parliament endorsed a report charting the country’s strategies to mitigate an ageing and shrinking population.
Titled ‘A Dynamic Population for a Sustainable Singapore’, the Workers’ Party makes a case for a population projection of about 5.8 million by 2030. This is down from the 6.9 million in the government’s White Paper.
The party aims to achieve that with an annual resident workforce growth of one per cent, a freeze to the foreign workforce growth rate and a projected GDP growth of between 1.5 and 2.5 per cent in the next decade. That is half a percentage point down from the government’s GDP projections.
The recent debate on population issues was one of the most passionate seen in Parliament with MPs from both the ruling and opposition parties raising concerns over issues such as over-crowding, the Singapore identity and quality of life.
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