What are Singaporeans’ concerns? What are our migrants’ concerns? Can there be a happy marriage between these concerns?
In recent years, there has been an influx of migrants residing in Singapore, and this number is expected to increase in the future. This has caused Singaporeans to be concerned about many issues that may arise from the increasing number of migrants in Singapore.
An example of one of the issues arising from the increasing number of foreigners in Singapore is overpopulation. Singapore is, without a doubt, a small country. With a large number of people migrating into Singapore, Singapore will soon become more cramped as public places, especially public transport, will become more crowded. Land will also become more scarce and houses will become more expensive.
An increase in the number of migrants also causes Singaporeans to worry if their jobs may be taken away by foreigners. Singaporeans may also have to compete with migrants for places in universities and scholarships. Such things cause Singaporeans to be concerned about the influx of migrants.
Migrants have their fair share of concerns as well. A main issue commonly faced by migrants is trying to integrate into the culture and norms of Singapore. As they come from different countries that may probably have a culture or way of life that varies from Singapore’s, they may be faced by “culture shock” or may feel alienated from the foreign society. The fear of being left out or being discriminated by the locals of a foreign land that has become their new home exists within the migrants.
Another thing that migrants may be concerned about is the policies implemented by the government. Recently, the Singapore government has introduced policies such as curbing the number of foreigners and prioritising Singaporeans. Because of this, they may have to compete with the locals .
Although Singaporeans and migrants may have similar concerns (e.g. having to compete with one another), a “happy marriage” between such concerns is definitely not an easy one. However, this does not mean that nothing can be done. The least that both parties can do is to respect one another and accept each other’s differences.