In 2021, building off a feasibility study into an Employer Certification Scheme, Li Foundation, Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC) and 6 other APC members explored setting up an alternative, fair, responsible and productive migration pathway for Bangladeshi migrant construction workers to come to Singapore. This project has now transitioned into the pilot development phase, and APC is working with key partners in Bangladesh and Singapore to pilot an alternative pathway by late 2022.
Migrant workers can face an array of challenges in the migration process, including navigating through multiple layers of stakeholders, high recruitment fees and not being trained in the skills they need for their jobs. A recent 2021 study on migrant workers of Singapore reported that the median recruitment fee paid by Bangladeshi workers is three times higher than that paid by Indian workers. Given that the majority of Bangladeshi migrant workers need to borrow money to finance their recruitment fees, Bangladeshi migrant workers are often arriving in Singapore with huge financial burdens even before they start work. This is a systemic issue that requires a systemic response.
The pilot, which is currently in development, will address these systemic issues by engaging with like-minded partners and streamlining the migration pathway, reducing recruitment fees and improving the transparency of fees, and ensuring workers are experienced or trained in the exact skills needed for their jobs.
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