130,000 persons granted S'pore citizenship over last 10 years
SINGAPORE: On average, 13,000 persons were granted Singapore citizenship (SC) annually from the period of 2001 to 2010. Almost 50 per cent of them came from Southeast Asia, and about 42 per cent originated from other Asian countries. Singapore citizenship was also granted to applicants from the Americas, Oceania and Europe. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean gave these figures in a written reply to Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC MP Gan Thiam Poh. Mr Teo said 48,000 persons were granted Permanent Residence (PR) status over the same period. Almost 50 per cent were from Southeast Asia and more than 44 per cent came from other Asian countries. Mr Teo noted that the total numbers of PR and SC granted annually have decreased since 2010, following a tightening of the immigration framework.