11 Oct '11, 10am

[CNA] S'pore's dependence on foreign labour highest in East Asia

[CNA] S'pore's dependence on foreign labour highest in East Asia

SINGAPORE: Singapore's dependence on foreign labour is currently the highest among East Asian economies. This came through at a two-hour discussion on Tuesday among employers, union leaders and economic experts at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA). They met to discuss issues regarding Singapore's foreign labour policy as part of an ongoing research project by Senior Research Fellow Dr Chia Siow Yue. The project is funded by the International Development Research Centre of Canada. The discussion noted that increased foreign labour in Singapore has resulted in growing discontent among the resident labour force, which has voiced concerns over the large number of foreign workers entering the job market as well as the overcrowding of transport and housing services. But those who attended also emphasised the need to recognise the importance of having foreig...

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