The Singapore population is now 5.7 million strong

By September 25, 2019Current

TL;DR –  And we took in 22,550 new citizens in the last year.

Some interesting numbers about Singapore’s population were released in the annual Population in Brief report by the Prime Minister’s Office today. This report covers our population numbers from June 2018 to June 2019.

Just in case you’re too busy to pore over everything, here are some quick figures and statistics for you to chew on.

On Total Population in Singapore

  1. We now have 5.7 million amongst us in Singapore’s population.
  2. This is a year-on-year growth of 1.2 per cent, comparing June 2019 with June 2018.
  3. This 1.2 per cent growth is boosted by an increase in the number of foreign workers.

Overall population in Singapore (via)


Composition of the Total Population

  1. There were 3.5 million Singapore citizens, an increase of 0.8 per cent from June 2018.
  2. Our permanent resident (PR) population remained stable at 530,000.
  3. Non-residents, including dependents, international students and foreign workers stood at 1.68 million, an increase of 2 per cent from June 2018.
  4. As shared above. the increase in non-residents was due mainly to an increase in work permit holders. This was to support the growth in the services sector as well as the recovering construction industry.

Singapore’s population by residency status as at June 2019 (via Department of Statistics)


On New Citizenships

  1. According to the Population in Brief report, Singapore grants between 15,000 and 25,000 new citizenships a year “to individuals who are committed to making Singapore their home”.
  2. There were 22,550 new citizens last year, up from 22,076 the year before.
  3. We also saw the highest number of  Singapore citizenships granted in at least 11 years.
  4. The majority (61.6 per cent) of these new citizens were from Southeast Asia, with 32.4 per cent from other Asian countries and 6 per cent from countries outside Asia.
  5. The number of new citizenships granted to children born overseas to Singaporean parents has stayed about the same as the previous year at 1,576, or 7 per cent.

On Permanent Residents (PRs)

  1. We granted slightly more PRs at 32,710 last year, compared to 31,849 the year before.
  2. Out of these 32,710 PRs, 62.5 per cent were from Southeast Asia, 31.2 per cent from other Asian countries and 6.3 per cent from countries outside Asia.

Number of Singapore citizenships and permanent residency status granted between 2008 and 2018. (via ICA)


On Foreign Employment (excluding domestic workers)

  1. This is the main contributing factor to the increase to Singapore’s population for the reporting period.
  2. Foreign employment (excluding domestic workers) grew by about 22,000 people between June 2018 and June 2019.
  3. This was after two consecutive periods of decline. Between  2017 and 2018, the number of foreigners working in Singapore went down by 10,000; and between 2016 and 2017, it fell by around 36,000.

Foreign employment growth from June 2018 to June 2019. (via MOM)


In case you’re curious, there are about 250,000 domestic helpers in Singapore.


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