Written Replies to Parliamentary Questions

Written Reply to Parliamentary Question on Possibility of Dual Citizenship for Singaporeans by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law

Published: 07 November 2016


Mr Edwin Tong Chun Fai: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs what are the reasons for not allowing Singaporean citizens to hold dual citizenships and whether the time is now right to review the relevant rules.



1. Singapore does not allow dual citizenship. We are a small and young nation and it is important that our citizens have a long-term commitment to building a future together.


2. Singaporeans enjoy rights and privileges as citizens, and are expected to uphold the duties and responsibilities that come with citizenship. Allowing Singaporeans to retain or acquire a second citizenship is unlikely to enhance that commitment, but could instead dilute it.


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