Minister Grace Fu to Singaporeans: Help new citizens integrate into Singapore
Posted by temasektimes on August 14, 2012
Though it was the government which opened the floodgates to admit too many immigrants within too short a period of time making integration impossible, Singaporeans are now expected to help them integrate into Singapore instead.
Speaking in parliament on Monday, newly-minted Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Grace Fu said that “helping new citizens to build an attachment to Singapore is not something that the Government can do single-handedly.”
“Student leaders and educators, employers and unions, grassroots and community leaders as well as new immigrants must join us in this important task of strengthening our social cohesion,” she added.
The government had devoted $10 million dollars of taxpayers’ monies in 2009 to help make the immigrants feel welcomed, accepted and happy in Singapore via a Community Integration Fund which was managed by the National Integration Council.
Ms Fu recounted that, since 2009, the National Integration Council has granted funds out of the Community Integration Fund
As the work of the National Integration Council is a long-term one, it is therefore too early to conclude if government efforts to integrate new immigrants have been successful.
Foreigners now make up 40 percent of Singapore’s population. Of the remaining 60 percent who are ‘citizens’, an increasing number are born overseas.