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This report was requested by the prime minister and as an executive in the office of the prime minister I was tasked with the responsibility of preparing the report. The report was commission following the upsurge of anti-foreign sentiment in the country and will therefore explore various issues associated with the antiforeigner sentiments and those who hold theses sentiments. The report will explore the right enjoyed by both foreigners and citizens of Singapore.
Antiforeigner sentiments have been on the increase in Singapore in the past decade. The sentiments arose alongside the number of foreigners who came to Singapore due seeking economic empowerment. The reason the report was undertaken with some specific background data. Although this sentiment exited among the citizen, they only started to grow after the foreigners became a source of completion for jobs and other economic opportunities. Most of the foreigner had better qualification than the Singaporeans. The antiforeigner is critical and must be handled properly since many people up to now do not know how to treat of handle the foreigners. The government has tried to reduce these sentiments by reducing the number of people who come to the country but the sentiment are yet to show and form of abateing (Mahtani & Raghuvanshi, 2012). There have been various reasons for this failure and there is more that can be done to reduce the negative sentiments.
The information presented in this report was gathering through a review of online media reports on issues surrounding foreigners and antiforeigner reports. Media has always reported on the sentiment of the people who are against foreigner and the activities of foreigners. These reports provided a valuable source of the information for the preparation of this report indicating why attempts to reduce the antiforeigner sentiments have failed to achieve their desired impact. The second source of information is the government agencies websites, which were resourceful in providing adequate information regarding the critical economic statistics, populating statistics and the number of foreigners in the country.
Findings and discussion
The examination of the sources of literature about foreigners and antiforeigner sentiments yield a wealth of findings regarding the issue. The number of foreigners in the country, especially those who are economically better-off than the locals has been on the rise. The rises continue to be experience despite measures by the government to regulate their entry. Also moist of the foreigners are more qualified than most of the locals, which means that they can secure employment more easily than the locals. According to the National Population and Talent Division (2013) by the end 2011 Singapore had 3.27 Million SCs (Singapore citizens). It also had 0.54 million PRs (Permanent Citizens). These made the total number of citizens3.81 million. In the same year the country registers a total of 1.46 million people as non-residents (Loh, 2012). These were either in Singapore to work study or just stay in the country on a non permanent basis. This means that the number of the people in the country stood at 5.26 million (National Population and Talent Division, 2013).
The government has also tried to regulate the number of foreigners in the country using taxes but due to their economic abilities the pay all forms of tax (Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore). Between 2007-2011, About 48% of the PRs were permitted to work. About 63% of the PRs are young, about 30 years of age. This is different from the Singapore citizen population which is mainly made up of again people (National Population and Talent Division, 2013). Also, most of the PRs have the commendable academic qualification. For instance, those aged about 20 recorded about 74% of them with diplomas or high academic qualification. Conversely, between 2007 and 2011, only 38% new SCs were given employment and the rest remained dependants. Like the PRs, most SCs are young. However only 53% are under 30 years of age and only 61% of those above 20 years of age hold a diploma or a.............
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