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How to address 3 distress factors for Singapore’s migrant workers

Today, Singapore, 5 June 2020 - As Singapore braces for its worst ever recession, we can expect a surge in the number of migrant workers who will lose their jobs, some with months of unpaid salary as struggling employers go bust.

We don’t know how many there will be, but we know one thing: These workers will be in distress.

Research published by the Lien Centre for Social Innovation in 2015, years before Covid-19 had a name, found that 62 per cent of 344 South Asian low- and semi-skilled male migrant workers in Singapore with injury and/or salary disputes were already in psychological distress.
This rate was almost five times higher than migrant workers with no such issues.
What were the causes for the distress? Housing problems, threat of repatriation and agent fee debt.
These problems persist, exacerbated by both a highly infectious disease that is not going away and the pain of separation from loved ones who are also struggling back home.
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Source: https://www.todayonline.com/commentary/covid-19-how-address-3-distress-factors-singapores-migrant-workers

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