- Jennifer Dodgson
The second section of a two-part study of Singapore’s immigration policies, this case looks at immigration’s role in the nation’s economy. Since the 1970s, the government has used immigration to help drive growth and smooth the business cycle, thus reinforcing the economic credentials of the ruling People’s Action Party. While the use of foreign labour helped the country to increase its GDP, it also had negative side effects and unintended consequences. This case study examines the economic and social effects of immigration in Singapore, and the policies that have been enacted to maximise the benefits from immigration while mitigating the downsides.