Tag Archives: migrant workers

The Post-Mortem Mystery: Determining “Cause of Death” Among Migrant Workers

In the last few decades, SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, has entered the public lexicon and changed the way parents put their infants to bed. But a whole group of conditions known as sudden unexpected death syndrome (SUDS), sudden unexpected nocturnal death syndrome (SUNDS), sudden adult death syndrome (SADS) are far lesser known. These conditions are all […]

Blown deeper into shadows: migrant housing and vulnerability in the wake of the Tianjin explosions

It’s been two months since the massive Tianjin explosions. While few clear details have emerged about the causes of the disaster, or who is to blame, reports are hinting at who may have suffered the most, and the news is not surprising: China’s migrant underclass bears brunt of Tianjin explosions Migrant workers bear the brunt […]

What We Need to Learn from the Tragedy in the Mediterranean: The Migrationist talks one-on-one with the UN’s independent expert on the human rights of migrants

In his day job, François Crépeau is a teacher and researcher. As the Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Professor in Public International Law at the Faculty of Law of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, he researches and writes about migration control mechanisms, the rights of foreigners, the conceptualization of security as it applies to migrants, and […]

Blood amid the strawberries: Greece’s migrants and the struggle for dignity

By Alex Johnson According to Greek mythology as the beautiful but mortal Adonis bled to death in the arms of Aphrodite, the Goddess wept tears of small red hearts, or strawberries. If you’ve ever tasted a Greek strawberry, it most likely came from the fruit fields of Manolada. The vast rural plain in the western […]

Migration and the European elections: a view from Copenhagen

Outside my office window a new Copenhagen University building is going up: cranes swirling, high-pitched whistles and flashes of neon safety jackets. I’ve already taken to calling the building the tower of Babel – if you look here you can see why. Numerous workers waiting outside the gates of the construction site wait to be […]

Migrant Labour in Asia: The ‘Riot’ in Singapore’s Little India

Riots are typically unheard of in Singapore, which is ranked as the leading global city of Asia and striving to be seen as an urban model. A fatal traffic accident on Sunday, 8 December 2013 involving a migrant worker in Singapore’s Little India sparked a sharp reaction from the low-waged migrant workers gathered there, which […]