Singapore has one of the world’s highest standards of living. Its citizens and residents generally have comfortable lifestyles, interact with various cultures, and conduct business with little difficulty. Therefore, many people from all over the world choose to migrate there.
Are you considering migrating to other parts of the world to start a new chapter of your life? Are you moving so as to look for a job? Or do you yearn to experience a different culture? If you were looking for a decent job as well as a place where you can live comfortably, then I would recommend you “Singapore”. In a survey conducted recently, Singapore was picked as the best city in the world for Asian expatriates to live in. Beating Japan, Shanghai and even Hong Kong. There are many reasons for choosing to work and live in Singapore, but basically there are 7.
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Strong Law Enforcement
You never get to see protests, strikes and riots in the streets of Singapore. This is the result of the strict law enforcement by the police. Anybody caught involved in any of the above events, will be jailed and fined. Currently, death penalty still exists in Singapore. Anybody caught drug trafficking, or committed murder or kidnap would be sentenced to death. Another benefit of living in Singapore is it is quite safe to walk alone in the streets. Though crimes do occur, the rates are relative lower than that in other countries. The locals joke that anybody who committed a crime has nowhere to run but jump into the sea (this is because Singapore is surrounded by sea). Another joke is that before the robber can escape, the police have arrived (Singapore is so small).
What makes Singapore so attractive to live in is its peaceful environment. There are no natural disasters, such as earthquakes, typhoons, tornadoes and winter coldness. All you have is either rain or shine. But the air-conditioning is extremely powerful. You could say it’s winter indoor.
Making use of the geographical location of Singapore, many big and small organisations set up bases here to have access to other parts of Asia and Middle East. It is being used as a “Gateway”. Even companies from China are setting up offices here to access markets in U.S.A and Europe. They are doing so partly to gain from the Free Trade Agreements signed between these countries and Singapore. Even foreign workers are using this small country as a stepping stone to gain work experiences and improve their English so that they can move on to other developed countries such as U.S.A., Europe and Australia. Since almost everybody is coming here, it has become the place for networking for both businesses and job seekers.
Lenient Immigration Rules
Do you know that Singapore is one of the countries that have the least strict immigration rules? Anybody can come to Singapore as long as he/she obtains the necessary passes or documents.
You can travel from one end of Singapore to the other end within an hour! The transport system here covers the whole country and you don’t have to own a car to travel. Public transport includes the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) trains, buses and cabs/taxis. Even if you own a car, the roads are well connected.
The education system caters to all students. There are many schools, colleges, and universities for those who do well academically. For those good in sports, there is even a sports school to nurture and train them. Besides these schools, there are also several polytechnics and institutions to equip students with specialised skills. Even the private schools and institutions in Singapore are of high quality. This is why so many foreign students enrol and study here. When these foreign students have graduated, many chose to continue to stay and work here.
Singapore is quite unique in terms of its political environment. There are very few opposition parties. The dominant political group is the People’s Action Party (PAP) that governs Singapore since independence day. As such, there are no coups, resistance, or even clashes. This is important for companies who invest here and for foreigners who live here. They can be assured of safety and security. You don’t have to worry about loss of investments and jobs due to unstable political environment. Another reason why the political environment here attracts foreigners is its policy. The Singapore government welcome talents. You would be surprised to know that in year 2005, about 44% of the jobs available were given to foreigners! (These 44% do not include permanent residents). In fact, Singapore is so hungry for talented and skilled people. As long as you have the skills, knowledge, experiences or talents, you are definitely welcome here.
Of course there are many other reasons why thousands of foreigners are flocking to Singapore to seek jobs or to live here. But the above are the main reasons behind such move. If you are tempted to migrate to Singapore by these 7 reasons, be assured you are not alone. Who knows, you might even settle down and get a citizenship. I also heard that the Singapore government welcomes Chinese with open arms. Within a short period of time, we could easily get citizenship with an immediate granting of PR status. It is a country with good prospects for us and especially our child learning English. The schools in Singapore teach in English and Mandarin is taught as a second language. That is what we want for our child’s education. I heard that the government is always seriously promoting the use of Mandarin which is one of their four official languages. My wife could easily find a job either teaching in a government school or by giving private Mandarin tuition since she got a PhD in Chinese studies from Beijing University.