March 27, 2007

THE DRIVER'S SEAT:

Singapore woos immigrants to boost population (Koh Gui Qing, 3/26/07, Reuters)

Singapore's government is so worried about the low birth rate and greying population that it is turning to immigrants like Chandran to add another two million people to the island of 4.5 million over the next 40 to 50 years. [...]

Many countries -- such as Spain, Ireland and United Arab Emirates -- rely on immigration to boost a shrinking labor force. But Singapore's immigration plan is unique because it would boost the population by nearly 50 percent, to the point where those born in Singapore would barely form a majority in their own country.


As the need of dying nations for immigrants becomes more dire they'll be able to write their own tickets.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 27, 2007 12:00 AM
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