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Singapore (City) - Overview
The foreign working population in Singapore is around 0.9 million, out of a total population (see PDF file) of 4.84 million as of June 2008. Singapore has a long history of attracting foreign professionals, and many expatriates who relocate to Singapore find that the relocation requirements by the country’s government are adequately anticipated and catered for, with several applications for permits and visas available online for greater convenience.
The Singapore government adopts an open policy with regards to attracting “global talent” to work and live in Singapore, and this is reflected in the efforts put in by the government to attract global talent to work, invest and live in Singapore. One such effort is the setting up of an agency known as Contact Singapore. Contact Singapore has 6 representative offices around the world to help those who are keen to work, invest or initiate new businesses in Singapore, and is a good contact point for any expatriate considering or planning to move to Singapore. Their website ContactSingapore.sg has a wealth of information on working and moving to Singapore.
For more information, contact the nearest office to your current location as listed here.
Singapore offers a good blend of contemporary and traditional features, and an interesting mix of cultures, languages and activities. Many first-time relocating expatriates to Asia like relocating to Singapore as it is a great way to be introduced to living in Asia.
For more general information about Singapore and its appeal to expatriates, please refer to the Expat Focus Singapore Country Guide.
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