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  • Inequality has a geographic dimension – between and within neighbourhoods in Singapore

    By: admintest admintest | May 30, 2018 | Hits: 3157

    The two weeks of intense discussion on the presidential address in parliament has unanimously pointed to the danger of inequality and hardening social mobility in Singapore.   The city-state has one of the highest income disparity levels among developed economies, though not among other global cities, before taxes and government transfers. In the long run, this rift will undermine…..

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  • Reintegrating ex-offenders a noble cause, but into what kind of a society?

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 18, 2017 | Hits: 2758

    The annual Yellow Ribbon run will take place tomorrow (Sep 17), reminding us of the importance of rehabilitation and reintegrating ex-offenders into society. Many of us probably agree with the Yellow Ribbon Project that society should be more accepting of ex-offenders. Unfortunately, reintegrating ex-offenders remains a complex, multi-dimensional challenge. In the past two decades, our…..

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  • Review Immigration Criteria to Foster Integration

    By: admintest admintest | May 09, 2017 | Hits: 1411

    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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  • Why Some Causes Resonate

    By: admintest admintest | Apr 10, 2017 | Hits: 1716

    Amendments to the Public Order Act now bar foreigners from using assemblies and processions in Singapore to promote political causes. In announcing the change to the law in Parliament on Monday, Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam highlighted media reports of 50 Singapore companies funding the annual Pink Dot event as an example of…..

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  • The Paradox of Strong Family Ties in the Integration of Immigrants

    By: admintest admintest | Jun 28, 2016 | Hits: 2260

    There is a general consensus that Singaporeans are not xenophobic, but we have, in recent years, seen cases of negative behaviour towards foreigners. Take, for example, the vitriolic comments against groups from specific countries on social media, protests at Hong Lim Park against the influx of foreigners into Singapore, and anti-foreigner speeches at election rallies……

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  • The Immigrant Associations that Facilitate Immigrant Integration

    By: admintest admintest | May 16, 2016 | Hits: 7125
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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: 2089

    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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