Migrants in Singapore: UN report debunks popular perceptions

Figures from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs show that Singapore's immigration policy has stayed relatively consistent in the last 30 years.
Figures from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs show that Singapore's immigration policy has stayed relatively consistent in the last 30 years.PHOTO: ST FILE

A United Nations report, which tracks migration patterns worldwide for the last 30 years, paints a picture of migrants in Singapore that debunks a few popular perceptions among Singaporeans.

The cumulative estimates from 1990 to 2019, obtained by The Sunday Times, highlight two particularly misguided beliefs.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 19, 2020, with the headline 'UN report debunks popular perceptions'. Subscribe