Overseas Singaporean

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Overseas Singaporeans
Total population
214,700 (2017)[1]
Regions with significant populations
 Australia (main article)63,077[2]
 United Kingdom (main article)41,143[2]
 United States (main article)37,106[2]
 Canada (main article)11,731[2]
 New Zealand5,370[2]
 India (main article)4,308[2]
Related ethnic groups

Overseas Singaporeans refers to people that are holding Singaporean citizenship or are of Singaporean descent but living outside of Singapore.[3] Most of the overseas Singaporeans are expatriates accompanied by their families or students studying aboard.[4] As of 2017, the population of the Singaporean diaspora stands at 214,700,[1] with Australia, Malaysia and the United Kingdom having the largest communities of overseas Singaporeans.[2]


Reasons for emigration[edit]

Most Singaporeans abroad are expatriates accompanied by their families as professionals are sought after in various industries in regions such as China, the Middle East, Vietnam and Indonesia, as they are bilingual and highly skilled. Other reasons for emigration include students seeking to study in overseas universities or Singaporeans that settled in the home countries of their foreign spouses.[5]

According to a 2014 survey conducted by Singapore Polytechnic, some of the top reasons why Singaporeans would want to leave the country were "the high costs of living, having more opportunities overseas for work and education and a slower pace of life".[6]


  1. ^ a b "2017 Singapore Population in Brief" (PDF). Strategy Group Singapore. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "World Migration | International Organization for Migration". Iom.int. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  3. ^ "More S'poreans overseas, but brain drain concerns dissipate". Today. March 7, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "Chart of the Day: 200,000 Singaporeans live overseas". Singapore Business Review. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Singaporeans living aboard" (PDF). National University of Singapore. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "Six in 10 young Singaporeans have considered leaving the country to fulfill their dreams, Singapore News & Top Stories". The Straits Times. January 14, 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2016.

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