130,000 persons granted S'pore citizenship over past decade

About 13,000 persons were granted Singapore citizenship (SC) every year from 2001 to 2010.

49.4 per cent of these new citizens came from Southeast Asia, while 42.1 per cent came from other Asian countries. Persons from the Americas, Oceania and Europe make up the rest of the new citizens.

Over the same period, an average of 48,000 persons were granted permanent residence (PR) status in Singapore annually.

Similarly, the vast majority came from Asia. 49.2 per cent came from Southeast Asia and 44.5 per cent came from other parts of Asia.

According to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean, the total numbers of PR and SC have decreased annually since 2010 after the immigration framework was tightened.

DPM Teo gave these figures in a written reply to Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC Member of Parliament (MP) Gan Thiam Poh, who had asked for a breakdown of applications for citizenship and permanent residence.

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