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Too many foreigners in Singapore? (Poll)

View Poll Results: Are there too many foreigners in Singapore?
I'm a citizen - Yes, there are too many foreigners. 159 67.09%
I'm a citizen - No, the number of foreigners is OK. 16 6.75%
I'm a PR - Yes, there are too many foreigners. 28 11.81%
I'm a PR - No, the number of foreigners is OK. 13 5.49%
I'm a foreigner - Yes, there are too many foreigners. 12 5.06%
I'm a foreigner - No, the number of foreigners is OK. 9 3.80%
Voters: 237. This poll is closed

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PM Lee said in his 2010 New Year Message that the government "will manage and moderate the inflow of foreign workers, so that Singaporeans are not overwhelmed by the sheer numbers".

Even as our birth rate continues to fall, our population has instead increased from 3 million in 1990 to 4 million in 2000 and to almost 5 million in 2010. Source: SingStat.

This is because of more foreigners coming to our shores. While the citizen population grows at a slow 1.1% (probably due to new citizens), the total population is growing at 3.3%, implying that foreigners are forming the bulk of the increase. Alarmingly (to me), the PR population is growing at a 11.5% rate. Data source: SingStat.

Earlier this year, we estimated that 44 percent of our workforce are foreigners (including PRs).

Though not reported widely in the mainstream media, many citizens are complaining about the negative impact of having too many foreigners in our midst. See this comment for an example. For more opinions, just browse through The Online Citizen and Temasek Review.

Do you think there are too many foreigners in Singapore? Please vote in the poll above.

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PAP is in a sure-lose situation :

there's low birth-rate, without foreigners our economy stagnates and in a decade or so become just like Japan's stagflation.

But letting foreigners in leads to Singaporeans (especially the lower income ones) complaining and very likely voting against them in the upcoming election.

However if PAP changes policy and stops importing foreign talents, our economy tanks and government is again at fault.

imagine if you were an opposition member and got voted in, what do you think you can do to solve this predicament?
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However if PAP changes policy and stops importing foreign talents, our economy tanks and government is again at fault.
What makes you think our economy will tank without new foreign talents? Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Switzerland and many other countries do not "tank" even though they don't massively import foreigners.

During the financial meltdown, our economy tanked anyway with all the foreigners. (I know someone is going to say it would have been worse without the foreigners.)

Importing cheap foreigners is an extremely easy way to boost GDP. Any country in the world can do it, but there is a heavy price to pay. We are seeing the effects now.

We are sons and daughters of Singapore. How do you feel when your parents replace you with adopted children who are cheaper and faster, but not necessarily better? You run away from home? Or do you try to be cheaper? Don't forget foreigners can retire back to their cheap countries, whereas for us, we can't simply jump ship and migrate. We can only suffer the ill effects of the "booming economy" - high prices, expensive housing, etc.

What do you do?
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What makes you think our economy will tank without new foreign talents? Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Switzerland and many other countries do not "tank" even though they don't massively import foreigners.
coz those countries are reproducing above 2.1 and have natural resources. we don't.
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