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Singapore

A Free Market Approach to Immigration

Employer-friendly practices on approvals for high-skilled and lower-skilled visas and liberal rules on intracompany transfers, international students and (to a lesser extent) permanent residence make Singapore’s immigration policies “mostly favorable” to economic growth.

Score Breakdown: Singapore vs. United States

About the Report

Business Roundtable selected the evaluated countries based on five criteria:

  1. Worldwide university rankings;
  2. Per-capita income;
  3. Gross domestic product growth rate;
  4. Net migration rate; and
  5. Research and development investment.

After comparing each advanced economy relative to the five criteria, the top 10 countries (including the United States) were selected for the study: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (U.K.). Not coincidentally, these are the countries with which the United States competes most for foreign talent, particularly in science and technology fields.