Foreigners boost Singapore's population

Other News Materials 1 August 2008 07:16 (UTC +04:00)

An influx of foreigners has pushed Singapore's population to 4.59 million, with people from outside the city-state crossing the 1 million mark for the first time, published statistics showed Friday, dpa reported.

The population grew by almost 200,000 last year from 2006, with people from other countries accounting for the bulk of the increase.

Professionals, workers, students and their family members rose 14.9 per cent over 2006 to hit 1,005,500 in June 2007, according to the breakdown in The Straits Times.

Women outnumber men by 1.8 million to 1.77 million among native Singaporeans.

The figures from the Yearbook of Statistics 2008 showed a marginal increase in the number of births and marriages.

Births went up last year by more than 1,100 to 39,490, still far below the 50,000 a year needed to stabilize the population.

Marriages rose by 260 to 23,966, the highest number in five years.