E.g., 07/30/2014
E.g., 07/30/2014

Country Resource - Singapore

Singapore

SG
  • Population........................................................................5,567,301 (July 2014 est.)
  • Population growth rate: ..............................................................1.92% (2014 est.)
  • Birth rate......................................................8.1 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Death rate...................................................3.42 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Net migration rate.................................14.55 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Ethnic groups......Chinese 74.2%, Malay 13.3%, Indian 9.2%, other 3.3% (2012 est.)

CIA World Factbook

Over the past decade, Singapore's multicultural yet nationalist society has experienced substantial inflows of Asian and Western professionals, low-skilled migrants from across Southeast Asia, and new immigrants from nontraditional sending countries. This, coupled with increasingly permanent emigration of educated and skilled Singaporeans, has presented the city-state with complex challenges related to migration policymaking.

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Over the past decade, Singapore's multicultural yet nationalist society has experienced substantial inflows of Asian and Western professionals, low-skilled migrants from across Southeast Asia, and new immigrants from nontraditional sending countries. This, coupled with increasingly permanent emigration of educated and skilled Singaporeans, has presented the city-state with complex challenges related to migration policymaking.

In these lean times, countries still want the talent — key to their long-term competitiveness — but a handful want more assurance they're getting the cream of the cream, as well as skills they don't have already.

Historically a diverse country, Singapore since the 1980s has become a top destination for Asian and Western professionals as well as low-skilled migrants from across the region. Brenda S.A. Yeoh of the National University of Singapore reports.

Maruja M.B. Asis, of the Philippines Scalabrini Migration Center, maps out the obstacles and opportunities facing the swelling ranks of women migrant workers in Asia.