Compilation of academic research on migrant workers (MWs) in Singapore

Updated: Oct 9, 2020

Precarious Work and its Complicit Network: Migrant Labor in Singapore

Chin, Chuanfei. Journal of Contemporary Asia 49, No.4 (2019): 528-551.

This paper examines how Singapore allocates responsibility for managing temporary migrant labour. It analyses how various management strategies increase the vulnerability of migrant workers (MWs), the relevant stakeholders involved, and the ways MWs respond to these strategies.


Dealing with Deportability: Deportation Laws and the Political Personhood of Temporary Migrant Workers in Singapore.

Bal, Charanpal S. Asian Journal of Law and Society, no. 2 (2015): 267-284.

This paper examines about how legislation constrains MWs' abilities to voice grievances about their employer due to fear of being fired and sent home immediately. In turn, this inability to voice grievances affects MWs' mental health by forcing individuals to accept various injustices instead of seeking redress.


Threat of deportation as proximal social determinant of mental health amongst migrant workers

Harrigan, Nicholas M., Chiu Yee Koh, and Amirah Amirrudin. Journal of immigrant and minority health 19, no. 3 (2017): 511-522.

This study discovered that for MWs, the threat of deportability is so great that it is an effective measure of migrant workers’ mental health. The study also shows that migrant workers who enter into workplace conflict with employers are at greater risk of serious mental health issues as they are aware that their employer can use their immigration status against them.



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