Tuesday, July 22, 2008

S'pore's population est: 4.5 million.1 in 4 people in S'pore are foreigners, and about 1000 S'poreans give up citizenship every year.

From what I know, there are a quite a number of Singaporeans living in Melbourne and Perth. One of the reasons might be because there are very little university places for local polytechnic graduates. And then, they pursue their degree overseas, and in turn fall in love with the country. Is the government to be blamed? Shouldn't the government have thought about building a 4th university a long time ago? Why only now? Is it a case of too little, too late?

"In the last three years, an average of 1,000 Singaporeans gave up their citizenship each year.

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng said their reasons for doing so vary, and these range from marriage to foreigners, to yearning for a different environment.

Most of them took up new citizenship in countries in Southeast Asia, the United States and Australia.

Mr Wong gave this update in reply to a written question from Non—Constituency MP Sylvia Lim.

She had asked how many Singapore citizens emigrated from Singapore in the last three years, the countries they emigrated to and their reasons for doing so.

Mr Wong said those who emigrate generally do not declare this to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority when they leave.

So the only available data which gives an indication of the number of emigrants from Singapore is the number of Singaporeans who have given up their citizenship and left Singapore."



Hisham juzzywuzzy said...

i think linking emigration to university places is the least of practical reasons for doing so.

starwish said...

Its practical because tertiary education is very integral in Singapore and is viewed highly upon.

Almost, if not all Singaporeans who make the grade, expect to go to Universities.

hyperX said...

I guess the same thing happens in Malaysia too. Since everyone is going to study in Monash, there are quite a number of college student shifting themselves to Australia for degree.

B.H. said...

I was in Melbourne last week. It's very much like a little Malaysia/Singapore. All the univeristy students are there. Transport is convenient, food is considerably cheap and decent. Weather is inclement though.

Asians are starting to outnumber the locals. No wonder everyone feels at home there.


MLMaestro said...

The immigration-emigration thingy in Singapore is like pouring water into an already full pail. Some water's bound to be lost.