The 5 Biggest Reasons People are Moving to Singapore

 

 

Singapore is a booming nation in the early weeks of 2017. In a confused era of international trade and politics, where companies are reaching for greater international profits than ever while popular votes seem to be pulling away from globalisation, Singapore is still well positioned to sustain its growth over the next decade. While foreign immigration has slowed slightly from its peak a decade ago, an enthusiastic government and favourable conditions have seen the figure remain high, and since 2012, begin to climb again.

Here, in plain speak, are the 5 most convincing reasons to move yourself or your family to Singapore:

 

Career Opportunities

Throughout the history of Singapore, its high demand for and willingness to hire skilled foreign nationals has remained the highest draw for immigration. The island nation maintains a thriving and modern economy, providing many international interests with a comfortable location for their Asian regional bases. Whether your company asks you to move there, or you see an opportunity and make the leap of your own accord, it’s most likely you move to Singapore for a better job.

 

Standard of Living

For many looking to make a move internationally, Singapore’s high quality of life is the factor which causes them to narrow their focus and settle on that nation as home. For those in neighbouring Asian countries with a less developed economies, Singapore represents a big step up in lifestyle; for western professionals, it is an opportunity to move to Asia without sacrificing any of the comforts they are accustomed to.

 

Education

For foreigners with children or who even are in a position to seek tertiary education themselves this is a huge plus for Singapore as a prospective new home. The education system in the country is not only world-class and highly competitive, but specifically designed to provide a western style education so that graduates can slot fluently into those nations’ systems should they travel to study.

 

Location

Perfectly situated as the “hub of Asia” and lying in a belt of comfortable, tropical climate near the line of the equator, there’s no question that the geographical position of Singapore and the various qualities derived from it are a major attraction to foreigners. Cheap, safe air travel connecting the island to expanding Asian nations, and a gentle, almost year-round 20 to 30 degree Celsius average temperature are hard to beat.

 

Expatriate Culture

Singapore is internationally reputed as a multicultural and cosmopolitan nation, and that reputation is well deserved. Foremost in the mind of those moving from a foreign nation is the idea that many others have made that trip before and thrived; if they follow they will neither be alone nor ignored. Singapore has become “the welcoming nation”, and that is what immigrants seek above all else.


 

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How to Enjoy Chinese New Year as an Expat in Singapore

 

 

For many native Singaporean residents, the rapidly approaching Lunar New Year represents the single most important date of the year. Also known as Chinese New Year, the spring festival holiday is associated with traditions thousands of years old and is celebrated by communities the world over. Singapore marks the auspicious date with a public extravaganza of light and dance, getting fully into the festival spirit with food, fashion, and public events.
If you’re an expat currently living in Singapore, the advent of such a raucous and colourful holiday might be the perfect cultural experience, but it also could be a bewildering drain on your energy if you aren’t prepared. With that in mind, here’s a short guide to the key facets of Chinese New Year in Singapore.

Paint the town red
One of the most visible cultural foundations of the Spring Festival is the veneration of the colour red, which is simply everywhere in Singapore at this time. Seen to signify luck and prosperity, you will see people buying new clothes, cooking food, and daubing their homes in the colour. 
If you plan on celebrating or at least blending in during the festival, it’s a good idea to plan your best “red” look. Buying new clothes – especially ones which are red themselves – is considered good luck at this time of year, so don’t be afraid to splash out a bit in order to look the part.

It’s all about family
Togetherness and family unity are a huge cultural theme of the holiday. One of the central moments of the holiday season is Reunion Dinner, when scattered family members move hell and high water to get home for dinner on the eve of the Lunar New Year. If you’re a lonesome single expat far from home on a night like this, it can be very easy to feel cut off from the celebration and sink into a melancholy homesickness.
Take the opportunity to match like with like; Allied Pickfords recommends looking into local expat bars and social media groups to see if anyone else is partying against the grain on reunion night.

It’s not just about the New Year
In Singapore, the Lunar New Year is traditionally marked by a 2-day public holiday, sometimes 3-day, and the revellers will make those days count. But if the holiday itself is too intense or just not your style, the festive season persists for a good month around this crimson crescendo. Featuring a range of mouth-watering seasonal food prepared only around the New Year, colourful public decorations and a cheerful, relaxed atmosphere, this could be the perfect antidote to frantic New Year’s Eve celebrations. Make sure to witness the legendary Chingay Parade, held 8 days after the Lunar New Year and one of Singapore’s most cherished public traditions.

 

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