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20,513 took up
By Valarie Tan
05 February 2009
More immigrants became Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents (PRs) in 2008.
A total of 20,513 immigrants became new citizens last year, compared to 17,334 in 2007.
79,167 became Permanent Residents in 2008, up from 63,627 in the previous year.
The update was provided by the Minister-in-Charge of Population, Wong Kan Seng, in Parliament on Thursday.
He said the increase could be due to the good economy and not because of a change in immigration policy.
Mr Wong was responding to a question by Member of Parliament for Bukit Panjang, Dr Teo Ho Pin.
Mr Wong also announced the formation of a new National Integration Council to look into coordinated efforts to assimilate new citizens into Singapore society.
It will be chaired by the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS), Vivian Balakrishnan, and will have members from both the public and private sectors.
More details will be unveiled during the ministry's Committee of Supply session in Parliament next week. - CNA /ls