According to the latest population report, the approval rate for PR/new citizen was one of the highest in 2016. 22,102 got their citizenship, while 31,050 people were granted PR. This is an increase of 3.7 per cent from 2015.
The number of new citizens granted increased from 20,815 in 2015 to 22,102 in 2016. New citizens granted increased 6.2% in 2016?
What does that mean? Here’s a check at the 2015 report. Look at the words in the red rectangle. See the significant increase there?
In addition, the approval rate for PRs in 2016 is the highest in seven years. It is also the case for new citizen approval rate.
According to Leong Hze Hian, the number of PRs has continue to increase despite the poor economic outlook. In the two years from January 2015 to December 2016 – employment growth was 11,400 for locals and 37,300 for foreigners.
There seems to be a huge imbalance in the proportion of locals hired in the workforce and yet the government has opened the floodgates to foreign talent.