Former Prime Minister and now Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has drawn attention to the contribution made by Singapore’s educated immigrants.

Speaking at the Indian New Year Ceremony, Mr. Lee highlighted the need for talented immigrants to maintain Singapore’s dynamism and support its declining birthrate, which is almost half 1960s levels. Of particular interest were students with skills in finance, IT and R&D, with special attention to those who had lived in the US or Europe and have strong international connections.

Mr. Lee said he understood the concerns of Singaporeans about increasing immigrant levels, and said the challenge was ensuring new arrivals could integrate well into Singaporean society.

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