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The Exploitation of Migrant Chinese Construction Workers in Singapore

Date

2011

Abstract

This article presents some back group of Singapore relating to migrant workers. For example in Singapore, it is estimated that more than 85% of the construction workforce are foreign workers and they are mostly originating from China, India, Bangladesh and Thailand. The vast majority of migrant construction workers that come to Singapore often relay on unlicensed or poorly regulated recruitment agencies. Other rely on informal network of friends to help secure employment. It also highlights exploitation, abuse, and other human rights violations that migrant workers are facing. The results of the research finding shows that workers in the construction field top concerns are low wages, long working hours (more than ten hours per day), compulsory overtime work, poor living conditions and no assurance of employment once their existing work permits expire. Finally, the article provides recommendations for the improvement of the migrant workers’ welfare in Singapore.

Number of pages

3-32

Responsible institution

HUMANITARIAN ORGANISATION FOR MIGRATION ECONOMICS

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Keywords

Living Condition of Migrant workers in Singapore

Economic sectors

Construction trades helpers and labourers

Content types

Policy analysis, Documented cases of abuse, and Statistics on work and life conditions

Target groups

Policymakers, Public awareness, Researchers, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Geographical focuses

China, Bangladesh, India, Thailand, and Regional relevance

Spheres of activity

Social work

Languages

English