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Bangladeshi Migration to Singapore

A Process-Oriented Approach

  • Approaches international migration as a social process by identifying and elaborating major spheres in the migration process

  • Investigates the field of international migration in the context of South-South migration

  • Expands the conventional economic interpretation of labour migration by introducing sociological rationality in migration studies

  • Draws on empirical data collected at both ends of migration – Singapore and Bangladesh


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Md Mizanur Rahman
    Pages 27-52
  3. Md Mizanur Rahman
    Pages 53-78
  4. Md Mizanur Rahman
    Pages 79-104
  5. Md Mizanur Rahman
    Pages 105-121
  6. Md Mizanur Rahman
    Pages 123-138
  7. Md Mizanur Rahman
    Pages 139-159
  8. Md Mizanur Rahman
    Pages 161-174
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 175-198

About this book


This book examines international labour migrants in the context of South–South migration with a focus on Bangladeshi migration to Singapore. Two principal questions in the South–South migration are addressed: Why and how individuals migrate for work; and what impact this temporary form of migration has for migrants and their families. The book adopts a relatively new methodological approach to labour migration by linking different phases that migrants undergo in the migration process and by combining migrants in the host country with their families in the origin country. This is achieved through identifying and addressing six key areas: (i) migration policy, (ii) social imperatives of migration (iii) recruitment, (iv) social worlds of the migrants, (v) remittance process, and finally, (vi) family development dynamics. This book introduces the bari to migration research as a unit of analysis over and above individual and family units. The book reveals how social and cultural forces both initiate and perpetuate migration, and later on influence bari dynamics.


Bangladeshi Migration to Singapore Demand and Supply of Migrant Labour Economic Life of Migrants in Singapore Emigration and Empowerment in Singapore Foreign Workers in Singapore International Migration in Singapore Labour, Migration, and Development in Bangladesh Labour, migration and development Management of Foreign Workers in Singapore Migrant Workers in Singapore Migration Policy in Singapore Migration/Emigration and Empowerment Process-Oriented Approach to Labour Migration Recruitment of Migrant Labour Recruitment of Migrant Labour in Singapore Social Life of Migrants in Singapore Social Underpinning of Migration Decision-Making in Singapore Social World of Migrants in Singapore Temporary Labour Migration in Singapore The Remittance Process in Singapore

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of South Asian Studies National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

About the authors

Md Mizanur Rahman is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam. His areas of expertise include migration and development, diaspora engagement, migrant businesses, labor migration, migration policy and migrant remittances. He has conducted extensive fieldwork for his migration related research projects in a number of countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Bangladesh, Hong Kong SAR, Qatar, the UAE, India, Indonesia, Germany, Italy, the UK, Canada, and the USA. He is an Editorial Review Board member of Migration Letters, Migration and Development, Remittance Review, South Asian Journal of Global Business Research and International Journal of South Asian Studies. His recent co-edited books include Diaspora Engagement and Development in South Asia (with Tan Tai Yong, 2013), Migrant Remittances in South Asia (with Tan Tai Yong and AKM Ahsan Ullah, 2014), International Migration and Development in South Asia (with Tan Tai Yong, 2015), and International Migration in Southeast Asia (with Lian Kwen Fee and Yabit bin Alas, 2016). His research articles have appeared in leading migration and population journals such as International Migration, Journal of International Migration and Integration, Population, Space and Place, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, Asia Europe Journal, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, and Asian Population Studies.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Bangladeshi Migration to Singapore
  • Book Subtitle A Process-Oriented Approach
  • Authors Md Mizanur Rahman
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-3856-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-9985-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-3858-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 198
  • Number of Illustrations 22 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Migration
    Development Economics
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“His book is an important source of knowledge for academics, policymakers and researchers. Social science scholars will find this study particularly useful and it should become an important text for various courses covering issues related to migration studies, development, globalisation, population dynamics and Asian labour markets. This work, significantly, also identifies crucial policy implications for both destination and origin countries.” (A.K.M. Ahsan Ullah, South Asia Research, Vol. 38 (03), November, 2018)

“This book, examining Bangladeshi labour migration to Singapore, contributes significantly to our understanding of the growing phenomenon of migration within Asia. … 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. The strength of this book is that it is based on extensive fieldwork by the author, conducted over close to two decades.” (Mathew Mathews, Journal of Contemporary Asia, April, 2018)