Foreigners could make up nearly half of Singapore's population by 2030, the government said Tuesday as it unveiled its politically sensitive projection for a city of up to seven million boosted by young immigrants.
Pedestrians walk down a street in downtown financial district in Singapore on January 29, 2013. Singapore's population may reach almost seven million by 2030, up from 5.31 million currently, with the number of citizens shrinking to barely half of the total, the government said.
In a white (policy) paper on population, the government said Singaporeans' flagging birth rates -- which have been below replacement levels for more than three decades -- necessitated immigration into the prosperous Southeast Asian nation.
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