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Six in 10 young Singaporeans have considered leaving the country to fulfill their dreams

Published on Jan 15, 2014 11:14 AM

Six in 10 young people have considered looking beyond Singapore to achieve their dreams, said a newly released Singapore Polytechnic survey.

Their top reasons for having considered going overseas included the high cost of living here, having more opportunities and a slower pace of life overseas. Respondents were not asked to specify if they were leaving for good or just for a period of time to work or study overseas.

The survey also polled young people on their hopes for Singapore. They listed three priorities: An affordable place to live in, a society that defines success beyond academic and material achievements and a more fulfilling pace of life, which could include having a slower pace of life.

Nearly all of the 825 people polled in the survey said strong relationships with their families, work-life balance, and financial stability were their top three aspirations. The survey of respondents aged 15 to 35 was conducted over three weeks last June by second-year students from the school's diploma course in media and communication.

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