SINGAPORE - Singapore's population grew at its slowest pace in nine years in the 12 months up to June 2013, even as the total fertility rate inched up, according to figures released by the National Population and Talent Division (NPTD) on Thursday.
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Singapore population growth hits 9-year low after foreigner curbs
SINGAPORE - Singapore's population recorded its slowest pace of growth in nine years in the 12 months to June owing to "tightened foreign manpower policies", government statistics released Thursday showed.
Data released by the National Population and Talent Division (NPTD) showed the total population of the city-state grew by 1.6 per cent to 5.40 million in this period, the slowest rate since 2004 when it grew by 1.3 per cent.
"There was slower growth in foreign employment due to tightened foreign manpower policies and weaker economic conditions," the NPTD said.
Nearly 29 per cent of Singapore's population comprises "non-residents" - those working, studying or living in Singapore but not granted permanent residency.
Growth in the number of foreign employees excluding domestic and construction industry workers halved to 3.5 per cent - or 25,000 workers - in the year to June compared to 7.1 per cent in the previous year.
There was however a surge of 35,000 new workers in the construction sector compared to 29,000 in the previous year.
The NPTD said ongoing infrastructure projects in housing and transport fuelled foreign employment growth in the sector.
The slowdown in population growth comes amid new measures by the government to further tighten foreign worker inflows.