29 Dec '14, 2am
Unease in Singapore over Filipino workers
Worried about a fast-ageing society, Singapore has allowed in more foreigners over the past decade, increasing the population by 33% to 5.47 million. The proportion of foreigners has nearly doubled to 29% in that same period. Some Singaporeans have complained about crowded public transport, high housing prices, and a lack of good jobs. The citizen unemployment rate remains low at 3%. Widespread unhappiness led to the ruling People's Action Party scoring its lowest-ever share of votes in the 2011 general election. Since then the government has made it more difficult to hire cheap foreign labour, and incentivised productivity and innovation - but progress has been slow. It also ramped up transport infrastructure and housing, and attempted to cool the property market.