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  • ‘Cosmolanders’ and Singapore’s dual personality

    By: IPS Editor | Mar 08, 2019 | Hits: 577

    In all its earlier incarnations, Singapore had functioned as a city of sorts. It was an emporium, a cosmopolis, a colonial port city, a crown colony and then a city within a larger Malaysian Federation. But it was a most unnatural nation. It did not have any of the ingredients needed to build national identity…..

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  • Review Immigration Criteria to Foster Integration

    By: admintest admintest | May 09, 2017 | Hits: 1576

    In recent weeks, there has been renewed public debate on revising the application process for permanent residency in Singapore. For instance, some feel the application fee should be raised or the criteria made more stringent. Overseas, countries such as Australia are also reviewing their immigration procedures. Since 2010, the number of permanent residents (PRs) and…..

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  • Time to Revive the Conversation on Dual Citizenship?

    By: admintest admintest | May 03, 2017 | Hits: 3960

    As Singaporeans continue to forge our national identity, discussing dual citizenship may help us to think deeper about what it means to be Singaporean. Of late, commentaries in the media and online have argued for dual citizenship to be allowed in Singapore — this would result in economic benefits, better integration of migrants, and maintain…..

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  • The Immigrant Associations that Facilitate Immigrant Integration

    By: admintest admintest | May 16, 2016 | Hits: 7725
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    I remember my father driving my grandfather to the Foochow huayguan (clan association) as well as the Zhang clan premises frequently to attend social activities when I was about six years old. When my grandfather died, we no longer made those trips. I once asked Dad why we stopped. He replied that he did not…..

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  • Drop the Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric; Focus on Integration

    By: admintest admintest | Apr 06, 2016 | Hits: 2291

    From Washington to Berlin, governments are increasingly coming under fire for their liberal immigration policies. Singapore is no exception to this global backlash against foreigners. Yet, as a highly globalised city, Singapore relies on immigration to attract talented people and remain economically competitive. While there have been recent policies to tighten immigration flows, we cannot…..

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