E.g., 04/18/2014
E.g., 04/18/2014

Country Resource - Singapore

Singapore

SG
  • Population*......................................................................43,786,115 (July 2008 est.)
  • Population growth rate .............................................................-0.501% (2008 est.)
  • Birth rate.....................................................17.71 births/1,000 population (2008 est.)
  • Death rate................................................22.7 deaths/1,000 population (2008 est.)
  • Net migration rate**...............................-0.02 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2008 est.)
  • Ethnic groups.......................black African 79%, white 9.6%, colored 8.9%, Indian/Asian 2.5% (2001 census)

* Note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2008 est.).

**Note: there is an increasing flow of Zimbabweans into South Africa and Botswana in search of better economic opportunities.

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.