28 Feb '12, 6am

About 1,200 Singaporeans renounce citizenship annually in last 5 years: DPM Teo Chee Hean

SINGAPORE - An average of 1,200 Singaporeans renounced their citizenship every year between 2007 and 2011. Of these, 300 were naturalised citizens. But the renunciation rates for both naturalised citizens and Singapore born citizens were low at 0.1 per cent or less, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, as he gave this update in Parliament today. Mr Teo also explained why some give up their citizenship and assured members that every application for citizenship was carefully evaluated. "Every application for permanent residence or Singapore citizenship is evaluated holistically on a range of criteria, including economic contributions, qualifications, age, family profile, and length of stay in Singapore," he said. "The reasons for emigration vary. Some emigrants leave for family reasons, because of marriage or to reunite the family members overseas, while others do so fo...

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