Negotiating Debt, Employment, and Livelihood Strategies Amongst Bangladeshi Migrant Men Working in Singapore’s Construction Industry

Paper on Migration and Precarious Work

Abstract

The authors examine the different processes and practices that mediate Bangladeshi men’s migration experiences and outcomes in Singapore’s construction industry. They also examine how they view and negotiate issues of debt and risk in their individual migration trajectories. They take into account pre-departure decision-making, conditions of training and recruitment, as well as workers’ employment experiences at destination. These issues shed light on the specific conditions of precarity that underpin migration and construction work, whilst emphasising the men’s livelihood strategies in negotiating pathways to upward mobility within this context.

Citation

Baey, G.; Yeoh, B.S.A. Migration and Precarious Work: Negotiating Debt, Employment, and Livelihood Strategies Amongst Bangladeshi Migrant Men Working in Singapore’s Construction Industry. Migrating out of Poverty RPC Working Paper No. 26. Migrating out of Poverty Consortium, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK (2015) 36 pp.

Migration and Precarious Work: Negotiating Debt, Employment, and Livelihood Strategies Amongst Bangladeshi Migrant Men Working in Singapore’s Construction Industry. Migrating out of Poverty RPC Working Paper No. 26

Published 1 January 2015