Malaysia is Singaporeans’ top migration destination

Below is a loose translation of an article by Astro AEC, a Malaysian newspaper:

A Singapore media research institution, Mindshare, recently conducted a survey involving over 2000 Singaporeans and found out that 56% of Singaporeans rated Malaysia as their top migration destination.

According to the survey, the key reasons for emigrating out of Singapore are:
1) Not wanting to spend a lifetime paying off housing mortgage – 75%
2) Ridiculously high property prices – 73%
3) Citizens have no priorities over employment – 73%
4) High medical costs – 72%
5) Too many foreigners stealing Singaporeans’ jobs – 68%
6) No retirement in Singapore – 65%
7) Ministerial millionaire salaries of PAP Government is too high – 62%

The main cause of concern are largely related to the high cost of living and over-competitive employment opportunities.

A local professor specializing in immigration matters said it is not surprising to hear that 56% of Singaporeans wanting to emigrate. She also said as emigration will require a person to accumulate a large amount of savings and being away from family members, lesser than 56% will actually emigrate.

According to a statistic by the World Bank, nearly 30,000 Singaporeans emigrated out of Singapore in 2010, and an approximate one-third, or 10,000 Singaporeans, chose Malaysia. Over the past one year up to June 2012, over 20,000 Singaporeans are residing overseas for at least half a year. This figure is 27% more than that of 2003.

The original transcript is as follow:

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新加坡媒体研究机构MindShare,最近针对2千多名新加坡人作了调查访问,结果调查显示,有56%的新加坡人表示,如果有得选择,会想要移民,而且,首选竟然是马来西亚。

调查显示,让最多新加坡人想离开的原因包括:不希望耗尽一生付房贷(75%)、公共房屋的价格太离谱(73%)、新加坡人在本地没有优先获得就业机会(73%),及医药费高涨(72%)。其他让新加坡人不满的原因包括“太多外国工人抢机会”(68%)、“不相信能在新加坡享有舒适的退休生活”(65%)及政治领袖的薪水太高(62%)等等的。最多人不满的原因,大多数跟高涨的生活费和竞争激烈的就业市场=有关。

新加坡研究移民课题的国大教授表示,百分之56的新加坡人想移民,并不让人震惊;她说,由于移民需要大笔资源并需要离开在新加坡的家人,因此,真正会付诸行动移民的人数,将比百分之56来得少。

世界银行的数据显示,接近30万的新加坡人,在2010年成为移民者,其中10万人选择移民来我国马来西亚;也就是3分之一左右。截至今年6月份,有20万新加坡人在过去1年来,在国外居住至少半年,这比9年前的数据增加了27%.

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