At least 19,000 Singapore Permanent Residents were given Singapore citizenship in 2016, calculated based on the latest population statistics released today (Sep 27). According to latest figures, there are currently 5.61 million people in Singapore as of 2016 – a 1.3% increase from a year before.

Non-resident population increased 62,300 to 1.67 million, while foreigners with permanent residency are kept constant at 524,600. Although Singapore registered only 33,735 new babies born, the real increase considering 19,500 deaths and emigration numbers (around 1,200 renounce their citizenship every year) in 2016 is only around 13,000. With an increase of 33,900 citizen population in 2016, this means that at least 19,000 new citizens were granted to replace the death numbers and migrated. Estimated figures of new citizens is 21,000.

Despite failing public infrastructures like MRT trains, the Singapore government is bent on increasing the population to a 6.9 million target. As younger Singaporeans turn to voting age, their anti-establishment votes are steadily and increasingly eroding the ruling party’s absolute power in Singapore. New immigrants are however “appreciative” of their adopted country and will vote in the ruling party’s favour since the move to immigrate is already a vote of confidence of the ruling party government. Along with the convenience of keeping labour costs cheap by inflating manpower supply, immigration is a win-win strategy to the ruling party whose members and cronies sideline as business directors and owners with reach in nearly all industries.

Every year, the Singapore government grants 20,000 foreigners citizenship and around 20,000 were granted permanent residency. This guarantees the ruling party 100,000 new citizen votes every 5 years of election. There are currently 212,500 Singaporean citizen residing permanently overseas, and about 42% of the population living in Singapore are foreigners including foreigner PRs.