Singapore. Population Policies. Case Study: Singapore. Total population = 4.3 million Resident population = 3.5 million Singaporeans and Permanent Residents Fertility rate Declining since 1960s to 1.26 (in 2003) One of the lowest in the world!. Case Study: Singapore.
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“When we adopted these policies they were manifestly right, enlightened and
the way forward to the future. With the advantage of blinding hindsight,
educating everybody, yes, absolutely right. Equal employment opportunities,
yes, but we shouldn\'t get our women into jobs where they cannot, at the sametime, be mothers…. You just can\'t be doing a full-time, heavy job like that ofa doctor or engineer and run a home and bring up children …
It is too late for us to reverse our policies and have our women go back to
their primary role as mothers, the creators and protectors of the next
generation. Our women will not stand for it. And anyway, they have already
become too important a factor in the economy.”
- then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, in his speech‘Talent for the future’, delivered on 14 August 1983
Fertility and the Family: An Overview of Pro-natalist Population Policies in Singapore by Theresa Wong, Brenda S.A. Yeoh