Severity Of Xenophobia

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Understanding the Severity of Xenophobia in Singapore In 2016, it was reported that foreigners make up 40% of the Singapore’s population and is projected to increase to 50% by 2030. The influx of foreigners has caused Singaporeans to fear or hate foreigners even more. In other words, Singaporeans are becoming increasingly xenophobic. This is evident in the increase of xenophobic acts or events like the Hong Lim Park protest and Philippine Independence Day. Undeniably, xenophobia is a contemporary social issue in Singapore. Hence, it is important for us to understand the severity of xenophobia in Singapore to come out with appropriate solutions to combat xenophobia. Xenophobia in Singapore Xenophobia was made known to Singapore in the General Elections of 2011. Foreign influx was one of the hot-button issues of the general elections, which pertains to the government’s liberal immigration and foreign worker policy. Singaporeans believe that the influx of foreigners was the cause of overcrowding, rising property prices and unfair job opportunities for the locals. As foreigners were blamed for creating the major problems of Singapore, it has resulted in tension between Singaporeans and foreigners. This local-foreign divide is evident in 2012, whereas a Chinese…show more content…
From the examples shown above, it can be observed that the xenophobic attacks that happen in Singapore are mostly online postings and criticisms on foreigners. When compared to other countries that are also facing xenophobia, the severity of xenophobia in Singapore is quite low. For example, xenophobia in South Africa has resulted in outbreaks of violent attacks among its people, causing many tragedies and death which affect South Africa severely socially and economically. Whereas in Singapore’s case, there has not been any actual violent outbreaks; the xenophobic attacks in Singapore happen only
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