Singapore wants to boost population to 6.9m. by 2030

By REUTERS
January 29, 2013 07:41

 
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SINGAPORE - Asian financial center Singapore, which is already more densely populated than rival Hong Kong, wants to raise its population by as much as 30 percent in the next two decades to ensure its economy remains dynamic, the government said on Tuesday.

The growth in the population to between 6.5 and 6.9 million by 2030 - from 5.3 million now - would involve persuading citizens to have more babies and handing out citizenship to more foreign-born professionals, the government said in a white paper.

"Many Asian cities are modernizing rapidly, and catching up on us," the government said.

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