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Postcolonial migration and social diversity in Singapore

ByBRENDA S.A. YEOH AND THEODORA LAM

Introduction Since its founding as an entrepôt in the early nineteenth century, Singapore has experienced considerable development and change from its beginnings as a port city under conditions of ‘colonial pluralism’ to its present status as a postcolonial nation-state with strong global-city ambitions. 1 Through an initial period of a century and a half characterised by a liberal open-door policy on immigration during the colonial regime, followed by a subsequent half century of careful postindependence planning in pursuit of economic growth and nation building, Singapore has developed into a global city par excellence in Asia with a distinctive multiracial complexion and cosmopolitan landscape.