Immigration, Population, and Foreign Workforce in Singapore: An Overview of Trends, Policies, and Issues, pp. 11 of 13


To conclude, Singapore is today among countries in the world with the highest immigrants-to-total-population ratios. At present, there is a close nexus between the city-state’s immigration policies and its foreign manpower regime, with the latter serving as a fundamental basis as well as the main channel for the former. This close intertwinement between immigration and foreign labour can be best understood in view of the various opportunities and challenges that Singapore is faced with in relation to economic development and demographic change. Heightened immigration has in recent times caused vociferous dissent from the local population on the ground, and the state has responded swiftly to such sentiments in various ways.

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