Migrating out of Poverty (Singapore)

Evidence-based research on labour migration in Southeast Asia


People cross borders: for money, for love, for work, for adventure, for education, for a complicated and ever-fluctuating mixture of reasons. The Migrating out of Poverty team at the Asia Research Institute aims to understand whether migration is a viable livelihood strategy for poor people in Southeast Asia. We work on topics as diverse as migration policy, precarious work and gender, migration brokers, remittances, the intra-household dynamics of a migrant-sending community in Indonesia, and migrant youth aspirations. Currently, we focus specifically on labour migration to Singapore from Indonesia and Bangladesh.

We also aim to make our research as accessible as possible by giving talks, organising student presentations, participating in civil society discussions, writing blogs, producing and screening short films and photo exhibitions, and keeping our social media platforms updated and spiffy-looking. Please check out our stuff, and email us at hello@migratingoutofpovertysg.org if you’d like us to send you a policy brief, speak with students, screen a film or participate in an event!