The Population White Paper “A Sustainable Population For A Dynamic Singapore” is a proposed solution by Singapore government made in 2013 to maintain Singapore’s population by getting about 30,000 Singapore Permanent Residents and 25,000 new Singapore Citizens every year due to the declining fertility rate in Singapore. It also supports the influx of immigration and foreign workers to help businesses in Singapore thrive.
As such, it has created lots of discontent among locals and was brought up during the 2015 general election in Singapore. Since then, the government has taken steps to curb the influx of foreign talent and has become stricter on the process and assessment of granting Singapore Permanent Resident status to foreigners.
It used to be easy but it is different now. That is the reason why the rejection rate for Singapore Permanent Resident applications is way higher than before.