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Government must be mindful of migrants' sensitivities – Shanmugam refuses straight answer to WP's Dennis Tan

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Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) Dennis Tan asked the Minister for Home Affairs, Mr K Shanmugam, for a breakdown of the number of new citizens each year between 2006-2015 listed according to their previous nationality prior to becoming Singapore citizens.
The following is Mr Shanmugam’s written reply to the Workers’ Party member’s parliamentary question.

From 2006 to 2015, an average of 18,795 persons was granted Singapore citizenship (SC) annually. Of this, the significant majority came from Asia, mainly from Southeast Asia.
In 2013, in answer to Ms Sylvia Lim in Parliament, DPM Teo Chee Hean had said:
“In some cases, we provide aggregated information or data instead of a more detailed breakdown because it may not be in our interest to do so. It may have implications on specific groups of persons or create sensitivities in the countries of origin for those who are working here or those who have migrated here… For similar reasons, we provide data on the number of immigrants by broad categories of the regions they have come from but have not provided the detailed breakdown of immigrants by specific countries of origin. I think Members understand that there may be some sensitivity with regard to this.”
That remains the position. Disclosing a detailed breakdown of the data may, among other issues, have implications/sensitivities for specific groups of persons, and create sensitivities in the countries of origin.Follow us on Social Media

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