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Research that matters@RAB

RAB is currently involved in the following research projects:

Mental health services for Migrants

(2013-current)

  • In collaboration with:

    • Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME), Singapore 

    • National University Singapore (NUS) 

  • Aim: Provide peer counselling for migrant workers in Singapore

  • My role/involvement:

    • Provision of large-scale baseline data

    • Investigate the use of ICT for providing mental health services

 

Key publications:

Suthendran, S., Wessels, A., Wong, M. H. M., & Keng, S. L. (March 28, 2017).

How to implement peer-based mental health services for foreign domestic workers in Singapore? 

Paper presented at the Migrating Out of Poverty: From Evidence to Policy conference, London, UK.

Wong, M. H. M., Keng, S. L., Buck, P. J. B., Ostbye, T., Wessels, A. & Suthendran, S. (2017).

Mental health paraprofessional training for Filipina foreign domestic workers in Singapore: feasibility and effects on knowledge about depression and cognitive behavioral therapy skills.

The Journal of the European Psychiatric Association.  Abstract of the 25th European Congress of Psychiatry (EPA 2017, Florence, Italy), 41, p. 630.

Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME) (2015).

Home sweet home? Work, life and well-being of foreign domestic workers in Singapore.

Research report. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.netpublication273260187_Home_sweet_home_Work_life_and_well-being_of_foreign_domestic_workers_in_Singapore._Research_report ​

Measuring labour exploitation

(2015-current)

  • In collaboration with the Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME), Singapore

  • Aim: Provide an operationalizational framework to identify and quantify migrant labour exploitation, based on empirical evidence and labour rights standards and regulations

  • My role/involvement:

    • Provide first large-scale data on (a) prevalence, manifestations and risk factors for labour exploitation in the foreign domestic work sector and (b) working and living conditions of PRC constructions workers in Singapore

    • Derive operationalizational framework to identify forms of exploitation (forced labour, bonded labour, etc.) based on (inter)national standards by the ILO and Singapore policies

    • Identify general risk factors for migrant labour exploitation in Singapore

Key publications:

Wessels, A., Ong, M. & Foo, B. (December 12-13, 2016). 

Labour exploitation among migrant domestic workers in Singapore: An examination of socioeconomic dependencies and risk factors. 

Presentation at the Symposium on Transnational People-Movement and Social Rights, Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre, The University of Sydney, Australia.

 

Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME) (TBD, July, 2017).

Bonded to the system - prevalence, manifestations and risk factors of labour exploitation in the foreign domestic work sector in Singapore. 

Research report. Retrieved from xxx

 

Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME) (TBD, September, 2017).

Working and living conditions of PRC constructions workers in Singapore

Research report. Retrieved from xxx