11 Oct '11, 2pm

Manage immigration issues before "fault line" deepens, say observers

SINGAPORE: Observers said President Tony Tan's call to "prevent a new fault line from forming between local-born Singaporeans and recent immigrants" suggests Singapore's immigration policy has failed to gain a receptive audience among native Singaporeans. They said the key is in getting Singaporeans to buy-in, and that immigration issues must feature in policy planning exercises. Foreigners now make up about a third of Singapore's population. More often than not, foreigners are blamed for hot button issues in Singapore like jobs, public transport and housing. James Du, member of the youth wing in the Tian Fu Association and a second generation Singaporean, said: "When new immigrants come to Singapore, they would like to call Singapore a home. And by calling it a home, they would want to purchase their own housing, they would be using the public transport everyday for work,...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews...

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