28 Feb '12, 1pm

Work permit holders make up 60% of non-resident population

SINGAPORE: Sixty per cent of Singapore's non-resident population are work permit holders made up mostly of foreign domestic workers and construction workers. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean revealed this in a written answer to Parliament. MP for Pasir-Ris Punggol GRC Gan Thiam Poh wanted to know the profile of Singapore's non-resident population. The non-resident population stood at 1.39 million as at June 2011. The second largest group is made up of employment pass holders, who are foreign professionals working in managerial, executive or specialised jobs (12 per cent) as well as dependents of Singapore citizens, permanent residents and work pass holders, who are holders of dependent passes and long term visit passes. (14 per cent) Together, they make up 26 per cent of the non-resident population. Almost all non-residents come from Asian (47 per cent) or South East As...

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