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Title: The socio-psychological profile of prospective emigrants: Singaporeans leaving Singapore
Authors: Leong, C.-H. 
Keywords: Attitudes
Economic confidence
Emigration intentions
Motivational goals
Social identity theory
Social status
Theory of planned behavior
Issue Date: Feb-2013
Citation: Leong, C.-H. (2013-02). The socio-psychological profile of prospective emigrants: Singaporeans leaving Singapore. Immigration: Policies, Challenges and Impact : 29-49. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Acculturation research traditionally focuses on cross cultural interactions between immigrants and host nationals in the society of settlement. This conceptual framework invariably limited empirical studies to the recipient countries only. It does not reflect or address the socio-economic and political dynamics in outflow migration, i.e., emigration, which is a perennial concern to many countries in Asia. The current study examines the issues surrounding the brain drain conundrum using socio-psychological theories and principles. One thousand and fifteen (N = 1,915) Singapore tertiary students completed a survey on attitudes to permanent transnational migration. The survey included measures on personal values, attitudes to emigration, and the likelihood of fulfilling individual aspirations in Singapore and in other developed countries (e.g., material comfort, social bonding, and cultural experience). The results indicated that the propensity to relocate was stronger among the young, non-Chinese, people who endorsed liberal values, those who thought that they have the capability to leave, and among those with a weak sense of national pride. Intention to migrate was also significantly higher in respondents who regard transnational relocation as a societal norm, perceived status differential in favor of overseas Singaporeans, and the lack of upward mobility and socio-economic security in Singapore. The socio-psychological profile of a prospective emigrant and the policy implications will be discussed. © Nova Scicence Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Immigration: Policies, Challenges and Impact
ISBN: 9781624170300
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