According to the 2010 census, about 14.3 percent of the 3,771,721 residents of Singapore are PRs. Between 2005 and 2009, the PR population grew an average of 8.4 percent per year — much faster than the comparatively modest 0.9 percent average growth observed for Singapore citizens. This trend seemed to come to a rather abrupt finish in 2010, however, when the annualized growth of PRs fell to 1.5 percent while that of Singapore citizens held steady at 0.9 percent.
Despite the increasing share of PRs among the resident population, which itself rose from 8.8 percent of the total population in 2000 to 14.3 percent in 2010, the ethnic composition of Singapore’s residents has remained relatively stable since 1990. Albeit, the percentage of Chinese fell below 75 percent of the total resident population for the first time ever in 2010, while the share of Indians rose from 7.9 percent to 9.2 percent. These particular ethnic composition shifts are largely due to widening discrepancies between citizens’ and PRs’ ethnic profiles.
In terms of the overall migrant stock, the proportion of Singapore’s population born outside of the country increased from 18.1 percent in 2000 to 22.8 percent in 2010. The majority of immigrants were born in Malaysia (386,000); China, Hong Kong, and Macau (175,200); South Asia (123,500); Indonesia (54,400); and other Asian countries (90,100).
7 February 2018
8 in 10 foreign students who applied for PR in last decade were successful
SINGAPORE — About eight in 10 foreign students who sought permanent residency here in the past decade were successful in their applications, Parliament heard on Tuesday (Feb 6).
By the end of last year, some 18 per cent – or 1,072 – of these permanent residents went on to become Singapore citizens, said Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs.
She was responding to a question from Member of Parliament Saktiandi Supaat (Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC), who had asked the Ministry for Home Affairs about the success rate among foreign students who applied for Permanent Resident (PR) status in the past decade, and the number of those who subsequently became citizens after living and working in Singapore.
According to Mrs Teo, who is also the Second Minister for Manpower, a total of 7,251 foreign students applied to be PRs “on their own merits” between 2008 and 2017.
Some 82 per cent, or 5,932, were successful. Eighty-five of them renounced their PR status, she added without elaborating.
The minister gave no further details on the overall growth, or decline, of the foreign student population, or whether PR applications among this group is on the rise or decline in recent years.
When asked, an MHA spokesperson said the figures disclosed by Mrs Teo in Parliament covered “foreign students broadly up to tertiary levels”.
In Parliament, Mr Saktiandi followed up with a supplementary question and asked Mrs Teo about the nationalities of the students who were successful in their applications for PR and citizenship.
The minister said she did not have the detailed figures, but noted that the group would reflect the overall profile of the foreign student population in Singapore, where a “good majority” came from Asia.
3 February 2018
They yearn to call S’pore home, but PR or citizenship still elusive for some foreigners
“It is systematic, safe and clean. Everything is easily accessible,” said Ms Than Tun, 30, who hails from Myanmar.
Although she had her application for permanent residency rejected last year by the Singapore authorities, she is determined to sink her roots here.
Like Ms Than Tun, some foreigners have found it more difficult to become a Permanent Resident or Singapore citizen after the Government tightened the inflow of immigrants following the 2011 General Election, where the influx of foreigners was among the hot button issues.
Ms Margaret Yang, 30, was among the more fortunate ones. She came here from Wuhan, China, on a Singapore government scholarship in 2005 at the age of 17. Six months after starting her first job in 2011, she managed to get her PR. In January last year, she became a Singapore citizen. “I was lucky,” said Ms Yang, who is working as a market analyst after serving her bond with the Government.
But she noted that most of her friends from abroad were unable to get their PR. “My friends who came after 2010, it was very tough for them to get it. Even with a Master’s degree, or them coming from top-tier schools overseas and (earning) a well-paid salary, they could not get a PR,” she said. “There was no sense of security for them even if they wanted to settle down here. Eventually after trying (for) two years, four years, six years, they left in the end.”
On their part, Singaporeans whom TODAY spoke said they welcome foreigners, so long as the inflow is well-managed by the Government — with companies not turning to hiring foreigners as the easy way out or the cheaper option — and the foreigners make efforts to assimilate into Singapore society.