Migrant workers can face an array of challenges in the migration process, including navigating through multiple layers of stakeholders and high recruitment fees. A recent 2021 study on migrant workers of Singapore reported that the median recruitment fee paid by Bangladeshi workers to be SGD 6,000 (three times higher than those 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.
In 2021, building off APC’s Employer Certification Scheme feasibility study, APC explored the feasibility of setting up an alternative, lower-cost and ethical migration pathway for Bangladeshi construction workers to come to Singapore.
This project has now transitioned into a pilot development phase and APC is working with key partners in Bangladesh and Singapore to finalise and launch this alternative pathway.
This project is currently supported by seven APC members.