https://www.population.sg/population-tr ... mographics
- The non-resident population keeps dropping (employment pass, work pass etc)
- Fertility rate keeps dropping & currently even below projection
- PR population dropped between 2017 & 2018
- Number of new citizens grew in a calibrated pace of +30k between 2017 & 2018
Clearly now more than ever PR is the government's main tool for citizenship growth. I reckon +70% of current new PRs ends up with citizenship.
https://www.strategygroup.gov.sg/media- ... upply-2018
With sustained citizen race ratios the profile for a successful PR application is evident.But at current TFR and if there was no immigration at all, our citizen population will shrink in the long term. At around the current rates of immigration, we are close to achieving the same effect as if we had full-replacement TFR. Therefore, we do not expect any major changes to our immigration policy presently. In other words, with a moderate level of immigration, we can prevent the citizen population from shrinking in the long term.
Note, I don't think the government's objective with PR is anything new - it's just the period of open floodgates in the early 00s presented a glaring anomaly, somewhat distorting people's current impression of what PR really is. I'm told PR was quite difficult to attain in the 70-90s similar to today, with citizenship recruitment always being its main purpose.
Sons of PR's have to serve 2 years in the army & is required to protect the country with their life. As a PR you're most definitely on an expected path to being a citizen.