2018 Annual Population

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The Prime Minister’s Office Strategy Group released the latest Population in Brief report on 27 September 2018.

The report, released annually, details Singapore’s population trends and key updates. It includes information and statistics about the country’s marriages, births and immigration, as well as data on newly granted Permanent Residencies. Below are some facts and trends that we have noticed based on the report:

Total population has increased by 0.5 percent, from 5.61 million in 2017 to 5.64 million in 2018.
Population Growth in Singapore

Number of Singaporean Citizens have increased as well, from 3.97 million in 2017 to 3.99 million in 2018.

There were no significant changes in the number of newly granted citizenship and permanent residencies (PR).Singapore PR quota

In 2017, there were 31,849 newly granted PRs, while in 2016 there were 31,050 newly granted PRs.

As for newly granted citizenships, 22,076 citizenship were granted in 2017 and 22,102 in 2017.

While there is a slight increase in the numbers, it can be largely attributed to the general population increase in Singapore.
The average number of new PRs granted in the recent years still stands at 30,000 yearly.

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There was a slight decline in total foreign population.

Singapore total population

As at June 2018, the total number of foreigners in Singapore is about 1.64 million.

Despite the 0.5 percent increase in population, the report shows that the total foreign population has declined by about 11,000 compared to 2017.

This is mainly attributed to a decline in foreign employment, specifically in the Construction and Marine Shipyard sectors.

Number of permanent residents show little change

Singapore PR

Although there is an average of 30,000 new PRs granted each year, the number of PRs have remained roughly the same at around 526,000.

Most likely this is due to a mix of existing permanent residents obtaining citizenship status, and other permanent residents deciding to renounce their permanent residency.

If you are a permanent resident yourself and considering renouncing your PR status, you may want to read our FAQ regarding renouncement.

The ratio of foreigners to Singapore citizens has not changed considerably
Singapore foreginer ratio

As shown above, the total foreign population in Singapore is around 1.64 million, consisting of various work pass holders, students, and dependents of residents/work pass holders.

Totaling up the total population of permanent residents and foreigners (non-residents as on the report), foreign nationals make up nearly 40% of Singapore’s population.

While there were very slight changes, the ratio of foreigners to citizens have remained roughly the same for the past 4 years.

Lower citizen births despite higher number of citizen marriages
Singapore citizen marriage

The number of citizen marriages have increased from 23,873 in 2016, to 24,417 citizen marriages in 2017.

On the contrary, however, there were fewer citizen births, down from 33,167 citizen births in 2016, to 32,356 citizen births in 2017.

As a result the total resident fertility rate has also declined from 1.20 in 2016 to 1.16 in 2017.

You can view the full report provided the Strategy Group here.

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