17 Jan '11, 2am

Sharp drop in PR passes granted in 2010: SINGAPORE: Singapore authorities have halved the number of permanent re...

SINGAPORE: Singapore authorities have halved the number of permanent residence passes granted in 2010, compared to the year before. Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng said 29,265 PR passes were issued last year - a sharp drop from the 59,460 in 2009 and some 79,000 granted in 2008. He added there has also been an improvement in the quality of new PRs. The number of new citizens remained relatively steady at 18,758 in 2010, compared to 19,928 for 2009. Mr Wong, who heads the newly formed National Population and Talent Division, revealed the numbers as he laid out the country's long term strategy for managing population growth. Speaking at the Singapore Perspectives 2011 conference, he said the function of the new division is to formulate, coordinate and review all of the government's policies related to population and talent. In doing so, he said the focus is on achieving ...

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