Tuesday, April 24, 2012

PA to launch new immigration integration council

SINGAPORE: Singapore will step up its new immigration integration efforts with the launch of the People's Association Integration Council on Saturday.

The council will be launched by Minister in the Prime Minister's Office S Iswaran at the Integration Carnival 2012, held at the Singapore Zoological Gardens.

The People's Association (PA) said there had been a three-fold increase in the number of integration activities, from 553 to 1,680, between 2010 and 2011.



The number of local residents and new immigrants taking part in the many activities organised had also more than doubled in the past two years, growing from 118,053 in 2010 to 278,151 in 2011.

Of the PA's 31,800 grassroots leaders, 20 per cent, or 6,000, or them are new citizens and permanent residents.

Many are involved as integration and naturalisation champions to help integrate new immigrants into the community.

Madam Lily Heng, a grassroots leader from Cashew Division who was born and raised outside Singapore, said one such integration programme focused on Myanmar food, culture and language.

"We have this Myanmar potluck, we go to the Jasmine house and when they cook the Myanmar food and we try and we learn about their food and we also learn about the languages," Mdm Heng said.

To further integration efforts, PA is setting up 87 integration committees.

"Looking at the ... the growth of the projects and efforts, and the number of new immigrants joining us as volunteers, it is timely for us to move to the next phase to better involve these new immigrants, expand to more volunteers and do it in a more structured and coordinated manner," People's Association group director Chia Tze Yee said.

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Source From Channel News Asia

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