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Pakistanis in Singapore

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Pakistanis in Singapore
Total population
4,562 (2012)[1]
Urdu, English, Malay
Related ethnic groups
Pakistanis in Malaysia
Pakistani diaspora

Pakistanis in Singapore include migrants who settled in colonial-era Singapore, their descendants and more recent migrants, including students.


Most Singaporean-Pakistanis are descended from migrants from the Punjab and North-West Frontier Province who settled in Singapore during the period of British colonial rule.[2] While the first generation of migrants spoke Pakistani languages, the second and third generations were taught in Malay at school, and acculturation into the Malay language and culture were also assisted by Pakistan families' reliance on their Malay neighbours for religious obligation such as weddings and funerals and the lack of a "Pakistani" mosque. Malay is the first language of most third-generation Singaporean-Pakistanis.[3]


As of 2010, the National University of Singapore Pakistani Society had at least 120 members.[4]


The Singapore Urdu Development Centre offers classes in Urdu language to the children of Pakistanis, whereas the Singapore Pakistani Association promotes Pakistani culture in Singapore in collaboration with the Pakistan high commission.[5]

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External links[edit]


  1. Cheema, Umar (12 July 2012). "Where expatriates who reach the top come from". The News. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  2. Khan, Abbas (15 August 2018). "How generations of Pakistanis settled in colonial Malaya and Singapore". Dawn. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  3. Khan, Abbas (31 August 2018). "Chai, Islam and Bollywood: How the Singaporean-Pakistani identity developed". Dawn. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  4. Mercy Relief targets more donations for Pakistan flood victims
  5. PR No. 281 PRESS RELEASE, Islamabad, January 28, 2010
  6. Singapore MFA Press Release, 11/05/2005 Archived 2012-03-16 at the Wayback Machine
  7. Cheryl Goh receives Capt Sayeed Scholarship, NOL Newsroom, September 18, 2009

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