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Expatriate Healthcare News: Singapore looks to foreigners to boost population growth

The Singaporean government has said foreign migrants could make up for nearly half of the entire population in Singapore by 2030.

A white paper, released by the government, said the total population of the country could range between 6.5 and 6.9 million by 2030, and much of it would be foreign due to falling birth rates combined with a rise in immigration.

The paper said the government does not expect to see the total fertility rate (TFR) improve in the short-term future. Singapore's TFR stood at 1.2 children per woman in 2012, however to sustain the native population the figure needs to be 2.1.

By 2030 the proportion of Singaporean citizens is projected to fall to 55 per cent, down from 62 per cent in June 2012. Foreign migrants and expatriates will make up the other 45 per cent.

The government is looking to increase its population to grow the country's workforce, something it says cannot be done with the native population alone.

Those considering emigrating to Singapore should ensure they are covered by the right level of expat health insurance.

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