Singaporeans Worried About Foreigners


Singaporeans Worried About Foreigners

SINGAPOREANS think the Government should bring in foreigners when the economy needs them, but they have concerns about the impact of the workers.

In a survey of 2,016 citizens last year by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), two out of three respondents said they felt that national unity would be compromised by the presence of foreigners, whether they are here to settle down or are transient workers.

More than 60 per cent of respondents agreed that ‘the policy to attract more foreign talent will weaken Singaporeans’ feeling as one nation, one people’.

This is significantly higher than the 38 per cent of respondents who felt this way in 1998, when the survey question was last posed.

In the survey last year, those most concerned about the impact of foreigners tended to be low-income earners who made less than $2,000 a month, and those living in one-, two- or three-room flats.

Those least concerned about the influx of foreigners were those in the middle- to upper-income brackets, earning $8,000 and above a month and living in private housing.

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