10 Jan '12, 2am
1,000 S'poreans gave up citizenship each year from 2000 to 2012
An average of 1,000 Singaporeans gave up their citizenship every year between 2000 and 2010, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean. They do so for various reasons, he added. These range from preferring a different living environment to marrying a foreigner to reuniting with family members overseas. Mr Teo, who is also Home Affairs Minister, was replying to Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied GRC), who had asked for the statistics and also whether there are plans to address why Singaporeans emigrate. In his written reply, Mr Teo said the Government focuses on not only developing an attractive living environment and a thriving economy that provides good jobs but also strengthening the bonds that Singaporeans have with one another and the country. It will also continue to engage Singaporeans studying and working abroad, like through the Overseas Singaporean Unit, he added.