Bangladeshi migrants and Singapore

Bangladeshi Migration to Singapore: A Process-Oriented Approach, a new book from Springer, is reviewed by Mathew Mathews of the Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

Mathews observes that: “In this book, author Mizanur Rahman departs from the economic narrative that is dominant in the migration literature to explain the drivers of Bangladeshi migration and instead relies on social and cultural explanations in his analysis.”

He finds the book informative, “based on extensive fieldwork by the author, conducted over close to two decades,” and examining both “ends” of the migrant experience. At the same time, Mathews notes that an “important criticism of this book is that it ignores many of the accusations that are regularly levelled by other migration scholars and non-governmental organisation activists that Singapore’s migration regime offers limited protection for workers.”

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