The Population of Singapore (Third Edition)
The third edition of this book presents a most comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of population trends and patterns in Singapore since its foundation in 1819 to the present day. Separate chapters are devoted to population growth and distribution, changing population structure, migration, mortality trends and differentials, marriage trends and patterns, divorce trends and patterns, fertility trends and differentials, family planning, abortion and sterilisation, fertility policies and programmes, immigration policies and programmes, labour force and future population trends. The strength of the book lies in the author's deep familiarity with the subject acquired through spme personal involvement in the compilation of demographic statistics, as well as the formulation of population policies for the country.
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- I read this book while researching for "Chinese Education in Singapore: An untold story of conflict and change."
- The author has assembled demographic statistics from its foundation, in 1819, to the present day. These vital statistics are comprehensive, and there is no comparable book on Singapore's demographics.
- Our history books tells us that after setting foot on the island in 1819, Stamford Raffles started a settlement and invited immigrants to the colony. Since its founding until today, Singapore has always let in more immigrants than send out emigrants.
- But the author made a major discovery that shifts our current understanding of such history. There was “a net outward (or overseas) migration of 139,300” from Malaya for the period between 1947 and 1957. He estimated this migrational deficit to comprise 29,200 people from Singapore and the remaining 110,100 from Peninsular Malaysia.
- Where did they go? Why did they leave?
9 Family Planning Abortion and Sterilisation