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Wednesday February 29, 2012

1,200 renounce their citizenship every year

HOME Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean said in Parliament that an average of 1,200 Singaporeans had renounced their citizenship every year from 2007 to 2011.

Of this average yearly figure, 300 are naturalised citizens.

Overall, however, the renunciation rates for both naturalised citizens and Singapore-born citizens were low during this period – about 0.1% or lower.

Teo said that the reasons for emigration vary.

“Some emigrants leave for family reasons – because of marriage, or to reunite with family members overseas, while others do so for a different living environment,” he said.

Teo was replying to a question by Dr Lim Wee Kiak (Nee Soon GRC) on the number of citizenship renunciations every year. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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