Migrant workers are considered to be a vital source of cheap labour to Singapore's economy and their temporary status, including housing, work and personal time is highly regulated throughout their stay. While such regulatory practices have been the focus of several researches, less has been documented on those that have fallen out of direct reach of the migrant worker regime and their actual living conditions. This study examines in a relational manner the daily living conditions of South-Asian ‘regular workers’ (‘work permit holders’) in their workplace and ‘irregular workers’ (‘special pass holders’) who are seeking refuge due to trouble with their employer. Particular attention will be given to the distressed living conditions and how these are addressed by a non-governmental organization in Little India.

The 2013 riot in Little India was a...

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