Riots and Rights: Law and Exclusion in Singapore's Migrant Worker Regime
Asian Journal of Law and Society (February 2015), at 1-32
33 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2015
Date Written: February 2015
This article examines the legal framework regulating unskilled and low-skilled migrant workers in Singapore. It argues that the current legal framework discriminates against these migrant workers and conceptualizes them as undesirable for inclusion in the wider society. This, it is contended, is premised on the assumption that migrant workers could be sequestered from the local population to some extent. This article provides some challenges to this assumption, highlighting instead some of the broader social and political consequences of this exclusionary legal framework. Consequently, it is argued that a more inclusive and integrationist approach is needed, and some positive developments are highlighted.
Keywords: immigration, migrant rights, discrimination, social exclusion, integration
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