Photo of Lee Hsien Loong from Xabryna Kek CNA

According to Senior Minister of State Josephine Teo, more Singaporeans are leaving Singapore with the largest increase of 26% in the past 10 years. There are now currently at least 210,000 Singaporeans living overseas as compared to 168,000 ten years ago.

More Singaporeans are also giving birth outside Singapore at around 1,400 babies annually for the period between 2011-2015. This is a 15% increase as comapred to 2006-2010.

Singapore has in the past decade becoming less livable as working hours increase, wages stagnate and cost of living continues to inflate. Retirement in Singapore is in jeopardy as the country’s CPF system pays underperforming interest rates as compared to pension funds in other countries like Malaysia. Other non-economic reasons to having babies overseas includes having to serve National Service (NS) for males while new citizens are excused NS.

Singapore’s birth rate is currently the lowest in the world at 1.25, and the country lost its sense of identity when the government flooded the country with citizenship given away to immigrants who do not identify themselves as Singaporeans. The Singapore government is aiming for a 6.9 million population and has been consistently giving out around 20,000 citizenship to immigrants a year. Although the number of contentious issues increased in recent years, more Singaporeans are voting for the ruling party with at least 100,000 new citizens rooting for the PAP government every 5 years as “gratitude”.