Singapore’s Population Decreased because Foreign Citizens Decreased during Covid-19
Data from the National Talent and Population Division of Singapore, shows this is because the number of foreigners there is decreasing.
“The number of citizens in Singapore grew 0.6 percent to 3.52 million people,” said the data published in the annual Population in Brief report and quoted by Channel News Asia on Thursday, September 24, 2020.
The number of Singaporeans, including those aged at least 65 years and over, also increased to 16.8 percent from 16 percent the previous year.
A total of 32,915 people received permanent resident status or permanent residence in 2019. This number increased from 32,710 people a year earlier.
The population data also shows that the number of non-residents in Singapore fell 2.1 percent to 1.64 million in June 2020.
“This is mainly due to reduced employment opportunities in the service sector with a significantly reduced number of work permit holders,” reads the report.
The report states this is due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has led to lower demand and travel restrictions.