Yesterday we had another paper from the Singapore government to defend the massive number of foreigners working in Singapore. A paper from the National Population and Talent Division (NPTD) said that Singapore need an inflow of 25,000 to keep our working population stable.
NPTD report that if Singapore maintain the current fertility rate, there would be a population decline of almost 750,000 citizens by 2060. They also point out that Singaporean deaths are projected to outstrip Singaporean
births by 2025, leading to a significant decline in our citizen population due
to the current low fertility rates. Thus the need to maintain an inflow of foreign workers.
The problem for them...that was not what the Singapore government did! In 2008, there were 100,000 new foreign workers in Singapore. 4 times higher than the 25,000 stated in the NPTD report. There are more than 1 million non citizens working in Singapore currently. 25,000 per year is a drop in the bucket compare to 1,000,000.
Look, the simple fact of the matter is that the large foreign influx of the last 10
years is just too big to be "just" for replacing foreign workers. My message to the Singapore government; don't even bother using this argument to jusify the number of foreigners in Singapore. This is an argument the Singapore government is NOT going to win.