Facts & Figures on The New Immigrants from The Sunday Times

Facts & Figures from The Sunday Times, May 6, 2007:

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Figures for Applications Granted:

2002: Citizenship – 7,600; PRs: 39,500
2003: Citizenship – 6,800; PRs: 32,000
2004: Citizenship – 7,600; PRs: 36,900
2005: Citizenship – 12,900; PRs: 52,300
2006: Citizenship – 13,200; PRs: 57,300

Source: Immigration & Checkpoints Authority

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Singapore’s Population:

1970: 2.07 million with 2.01 million residents (citizens and PRs) and 61,000 foreigners
1980: 2.41 million with 2.28 million residents and 131,000 foreigners
1990: 3.05 million with 2.74 million residents and 311,000 foreigners
2000: 4.03 million with 3.27 million residents and 754,500 foreigners
2006: 4.48 million with 3.6 million residents and 875,00 foreigners

Source: Singapore Department of Statistics

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Estimated breakdown of Major foreign nationalities in Singapore:

Chinese – 200,000
Indonesian – 150,000
Filipino – 120,000
Indian – 90,000
Bangladeshi – 60,000
Thai – 45,000
Japanese – 26,000
Sri Lankan – 20,000
British – 17,000
American – 15,000
South Korean – 15,000
Australian – 15,000
Myanmarese – 10,000
German – 5,000
French – 4,000

Source: Embassies & High Commissions

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Between 1990 and 2006, there is an increase of 860,000 citizens and PRs. Of how many are originally born in Singapore? Between 2002 and 2006, applications granted to PR and citizenships is 266,100. Of course the problem of simply adding the citizenship and PRs over the past few years could be erroneous as there may be overlaps- people who applied for PR may go on to apply citizenships.

Questions persist:

1. Is Singapore “bringing in” too many new immigrants?;
2. Can we solve brain drain and birth stagnation problems by “bringing in” foreigners?;
3. What about the newly created jobs? How many of them goes to Singaporeans?
4. How much of the created wealth in the economy goes back to further building the economy of Singapore? How much of it translates into social policies that benefit the Singapore society?

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Lived in Singapore for 6 wonderful years and has been blogging since 2003, under various names but always on Singaporean issues.

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