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  1. Issue 1: Exploring Citizenship and Governance

    1. What does it mean for me to be a citizen of my country?
    3 Topics
  2. 2. How do we decide on what is good for society?
    6 Topics
  3. 3. How can we work for the good of society?
    10 Topics
  4. Issue 2: Living in a Diverse Society
    4. What is diversity?
    4 Topics
  5. 5. Why is there greater diversity in Singapore now?
    3 Topics
  6. 6. What are the experiences and effects of living in a diverse society?
    3 Topics
  7. 7. How can we respond in a diverse society?
    5 Topics
  8. Issue 3: Being Part of a Globalised World
    8. What does it mean to live in a globalised world?
    4 Topics
  9. 9. How do we respond to tensions arising from some economic impacts of globalisation?
    3 Topics
  10. 10. How do we respond to tensions arising from some cultural impacts of globalisation?
    3 Topics
  11. 11. How do we respond to tensions arising from some security impacts of globalisation?
    4 Topics
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  • Singapore’s status as a vibrant business hub has attracted many professionals to bring their families to settle down in Singapore and some eventually become naturalised citizens.
  • This has led to an increase in socio-cultural and socio-economic diversity of Singapore society.
  • Singapore’s socio-cultural environment is a key reason why migrants have chosen to eventually settle in Singapore.
  • Some other features that appeal to potential immigrants include strong community support, a safe environment and a quality education system.

Community Support

  • Singapore is home to a wide range of ethnic communities and cultures from all over the world.
  • The existence of these communities may help foreigners to feel more at home in Singapore.
  • However, if some foreigners do not interact beyond their immediate community, it may affect their engagement with the larger Singapore society.
  • Many of these ethnic communities gather in certain districts, helping them to strengthen ties. (e.g Thai community → Golden Mile Complex, Japanese community → Liang Court and Clarke Quay Central, Korean community → Bukit Timah Plaza)
  • Immigrant communities bring with them distinct national identities that can also include ethnic practices unique to their countries of origin.

Safe Environment

  • Migrants and immigrants consider safety and security when deciding on the country to work or live in.
  • Both the foreigners and the supporting communities thrive when there is a safe environment.
  • The crime rate is often a measure indicating the level of safety in a country.
  • Singapore’s laws play a role in ensuring a relatively low crime rate.

Singapore’s Education System

  • Many migrants come to Singapore for quality education either for themselves or for their children.
  • International students add to the diversity in schools as they are able to share their experiences and learning with their fellow students.
  • Singapore’s public schools are becoming increasingly popular with foreigners due to their high standards.
  • Many primary schools, secondary schools and junior colleges accept international students.
  • Polytechnics and universities have also been popular with international students because the offer high standards of certification and a wide range of courses.
  • The options available have made Singapore a well-known hub for quality education.