Journal article

Public housing and ethnic integration in Singapore

LL Sim, SM Yu, SS Han

HABITAT INTERNATIONAL | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2003

Abstract

Prior to 1960, various immigrant ethnic groups were concentrated in different parts of Singapore, forming enclaves. The immigrant population was thus spatially segregated, with different ethnic concentrations in different parts of the island. Since 1960, the Singapore Government has used public housing as a policy instrument to integrate the multi-ethnic population spatially. This paper examines the implementation of this policy over the past four decades and evaluates its success. Using geographic information system technology, the ethnic composition of public housing estates can be traced on maps. The spatial distribution of the main races is shown at constituency level (i.e., division) bu..

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