Monday, Jan 09, 2012
SINGAPORE – From 2000 to 2010, an average of about 1,000 Singaporeans renounced their citizenship annually.
This was Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean’s written parliamentary response to Workers’ Party MP Pritam Singh’s question on the number of Singaporeans who have given up their citizenship.
Mr Teo added that the reasons for emigration vary. “Some indicated that they prefer a different living environment, whilst others emigrated due to their marriage to foreigners or to reunite with family members overseas.”
Below is the written response in full:
REASONS FOR EMIGRATION
Mr Pritam Singh: To ask the Prime Minister how many Singaporeans gave up their citizenship from 2000 to 2010 and whether the Government has devised strategies to address the reasons why Singaporeans decide to emigrate.
Mr Teo Chee Hean:
From 2000 to 2010, an average of about 1,000 Singaporeans renounced their citizenship annually. The reasons for emigration vary. Some indicated that they prefer a different living environment, whilst others emigrated due to their marriage to foreigners or to reunite with family members overseas.
Our focus is on ensuring that Singapore remains the best home for all Singaporeans. Beyond developing an attractive living environment and a thriving economy which sustains good jobs for our people, we also seek to strengthen the bonds that Singaporeans have with one another and with the country.
We will also continue to engage Singaporeans studying and working abroad. Through efforts such as the Overseas Singaporean Unit’s programmes, we hope to help this group maintain strong ties with Singapore, to facilitate their eventual return.
Shin Min Daily News
Netizens are discussing a phenomenon where more Singaporeans are choosing to move to Malaysia.
In fact, the number of Singaporeans who have moved to stay in Johor is believed to have doubled in the last five years.
One netizen recently discussed this phenomenon by citing the example of a Singaporean friend who has moved to Johor.
He described that his friend commutes to work in Singapore everyday and adds that many more are doing the same due to the high cost of living here.
Malaysian newspapers also recently carried reports that more and more Singaporeans are choosing to buy private properties and high-end apartments in Johor.
The reports speculate that this could be because salaries in Singapore can no longer catch up to soaring property prices here.
Many industry insiders also foresee that in the future, more Singaporeans will choose to buy properties in Johor.
This is especially so when the rail link from Singapore’s Thomson Line MRT to the Johor train system is completed in 2018.
On the phenomenon, the director of a real estate company expressed that moving to Johor is impractical, as those who continue to work here will have to commute a long way to work everyday.
However, such an option does seem attractive as industry insiders note that landed property in Johor are priced from S$250,000, eight times lower than such properties in Singapore, which cost upwards of S$2 million.