More than dormitory space: A chance for reform

Let's get real: Singapore still needs migrant workers. The spotlight on their work and living conditions offers a chance to reform other related practices

During the Covid-19 outbreak, a spotlight has been shone upon the conditions under which male migrant workers, particularly those in the construction sector, live and work. As Singapore takes cautious steps to restore normal economic life, there is an opportunity to look again at policies that affect their rights and well-being.

There is widespread agreement that action has to be taken to prevent another epidemic from spreading rapidly among migrant workers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2020, with the headline More than dormitory space: A chance for reform. Subscribe