Migration From The Nation State Of Singapore

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Singapore as a nation-state enmeshed in the globalizing circuits of capital, information, ideas and human flows (Ho, 2006) represent a unique case in the study of migration, where migration can significantly affect the nation’s total population and its make-up more than natural increase.

Recent concerns over Singapore’s falling birth rates and the need to inject the economy with foreign labor has sparked discussions over issues of citizenship and national identity. This has also raised an old issue of why Singaporeans are leaving Singapore for ‘greener pastures’ overseas (Straits Times, 21 August 2002). Most often, the ones who left are deemed as talents who could have contributed to Singapore if they had not ‘quitted’ Singapore (National Day Rally, 2002). This is widely known as a ‘brain drain’, a problem that most migrant-sending countries in Asia currently face. In Singapore, this is most detrimental as the ‘brain drain’ is acutely felt in a nation that treats people as its most precious resource.

While Singapore has managed to counter emigration rates with immigration from nearby countries (China, India & surrounding Southeast Asian countries), the effect of the compositional change of the population has arguably manifested especially in terms of local Singaporeans considering the benefits of staying on in a country undergoing so much demographic changes. Their sense of rootedness and national identity are strongly challenged and the narration of a national identity based on an ‘imagined community’ (Anderson, 1983, 1991) also undergoes many changes. This sense of national identity is seen as a factor affecting migration (The Business Times, 28 August 2006) and is a dynamic component affecting the individual’s matrix of expectations and decision to emigrate. While Singapore’s total population figure continues to climb, there are many complex relationships of...

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