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Singapore Set to Increase Population

Posted: Feb. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

The City of Singapore said recently that they want to increase their population by about 30 percent within the next two decades. The reason they gave for this is that they want their growing economy to remain dynamic. The growth would put the city/state at just over 6.5 million people as opposed to their current 5.3 million.

(Reuters) - Asian financial center Singapore, which is already more densely populated than rival Hong Kong, wants to raise its population by as much as 30 percent in the next two decades to ensure itseconomy remains dynamic, the government said on Tuesday.

The growth in the population to between 6.5 and 6.9 million by 2030 - from 5.3 million now - would involve persuading citizens to have more babies and handing out citizenship to more foreign-born professionals, the government said in a white paper.

"Many Asian cities are modernising rapidly, and catching up on us," the government said.

"Singapore must continue to develop and upgrade to remain a key node in the network of global cities, a vibrant place where jobs and opportunities are created."

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