Singapore’s Total Fertility Rate (TFR) is currently among the lowest in the world and the population is projected to age rapidly over the next 20 years. In-migration, both permanent and transient, has grown such that about one quarter of Singapore’s population and one third of its workforce are foreigners. Out-migration is apparently rising, thought the number is small compared to the in-migration. These demographic trends will affect the economic, political and social landscape of Singapore.
IPS analyses such trends and their implications for policy making. Major areas of study include the causes and consequences of the low TFR and the policy responses; the characteristics of the ageing population and the needs and support systems required for the older citizens and residents; immigration and labour mobility policies; and projection of future demographic scenarios, looking at the future size and structure of the country’s population under various assumptions of fertility, mortality and net migration. Periodic surveys are conducted to gauge the attitudes and behaviour of the people to the changes in demography and the policy frameworks instituted to manage the impact.
IPS has collaborated with various government agencies and non-government organisations to analyse the developments affecting the family in Singapore. IPS brings together academics, policy-makers, practitioners and interested individuals to share research findings and stimulate further research on issues relating to the family.
Report on the State of the Elderly 2009
Yap Mui Teng. Survey commissioned by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS).
Family Research Network (FRN)
Partner agency of the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) since September 2008
Chan, Angelique and Yap, Mui Teng. 2009. Survey commissioned by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS)
Ultra-Low Fertility in Singapore: Some Observations
Yap Mui Teng, in Ultra-Low Fertility in Pacific Asia: Trends, Causes and Policy Dilemmas, edited by Gavin Jones, Paulin Tay-Straughan and Angelique Chan, London: Routledge (2009)
The Elderly Woman in Singapore: Her Role and Position
Yap Mui Teng, in The Elderly Woman in Asia: Her Role and Position, edited by Joseph Troisi and Ann Pawliczko, The International Institute on Ageing, United Nations-Malta (2008).
Singapore’s Response to an Ageing Population
Yap Mui Teng, in Ageing in Southeast and East Asia; Family, Social Protection and Policy Challenges, edited by Lee Hock Guan, Singapore: ISEAS (2008)
Singapore: Population Policies and Programs
Yap Mui Teng, in The Global Family Planning Revolution; Three Decades of Population Policies and Programs, edited by Warren C Robinson and John A Ross, Washington, DC: World Bank (2007)
Planning for an Ageing Population
Yap Mui Teng, in Teaching Social Studies: A Reader, edited by Wong Tai Chee et al., Singapore: Pearson/Prentice Hall (2005)
Fertility and Population Policy: The Singapore Experience
Yap Mui Teng, Journal of Population and Social Security: Population Study, Supplement to Volume 1, June 2003 (available here )
On Babies, Foreign Talent and Older People: The Great Balancing Act.
Yap Mui Teng, in Southeast Asian Affairs 2001. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2001
Low Fertility and Policy Response in Singapore
Yap Mui Teng, in Low Fertility and Policy Responses to Issues of Ageing and Welfare. Seoul: Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs & United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2000
Who is a Singaporean?
Yap Mui Teng, in SAIS Review, Vol. 20 No. 1, 2000
COF-IPS-MCDS Family Forum 2000
MCDS-IPS Conference on “Ageing in Singapore: Facing Challenges, Seizing Opportunities”, 1999
Adapting Existing Institutions to Meet the Needs of the Elderly
Yap Mui Teng, in Population Ageing; Challenges for Policies and Programmes in Developed and Developing Countries, edited by Robert Cliquet & Mohammed Nizamuddin. New York: UNFPA and Brussels: CBGS, 1999
The Age of the Aged
Yap Mui Teng & Phillip E.S. Tan, in Singapore: Re-engineering Success, edited by Arun Mahizhnan & Lee Tsao Yuan. Singapore: IPS & Oxford University Press, 1998
Housing a Healthy, Educated and Wealthy Nation through the CPF
Linda Low & Aw Tar Choon. Singapore: Times Academic Press for IPS, 1997
Changes in the Fertility Policy of Singapore
Saw Swee Hock. IPS Occasional Paper No. 2. Singapore: Times Academic Press for IPS, 1990