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The Marriage Restriction Policy should be abolished to allow migrant workers to marry each other, as well as Singaporeans, said migrant workers group Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2).

In their recommendations for the Budget earlier this year, they wrote: "Part of acknowledging migrant workers as human beings is to accept that they are as deserving of love as any other person.

"Singaporeans have fallen in love with migrant workers and couples as well as families have been torn apart because of this law.

"Singapore cannot hope to encourage more marriages and a higher birth rate if we continue to regulate who can marry and who cannot."

Marriages between a Singaporean and a foreigner accounted for nearly 40 per cent of all citizen marriages last year.

According to the Ministry of Manpower's website, there are 980,800 work permit holders in Singapore.

National University of Singapore sociologist Tan Ern Ser thinks that 
although Singaporeans would sympathise with the couple, they would also support a stringent immigration policy.

He said: "My sense is that it has to do with ensuring that the people we are allowing to stay in Singapore on a long-term basis are those who are fairly well qualified, and that those in lower skill categories do not attempt to extend the period they may remain in Singapore through marrying a Singaporean."