SINGAPORE – Housing standards for migrant workers here will be raised, possibly as soon as next year, as the authorities are set to strengthen laws so that all dormitories regardless of size have to meet the same minimum standards.
Existing dorms will also be put on a timeline to meet improved standards on living space and common facilities, with more dialogue sessions on this slated for early next year.
This is part of a multi-year road map by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to build a more resilient migrant workforce.
The ministry will also redouble its efforts to provide quality, accessible, seamless and affordable healthcare for migrant workers here and enhance their social well-being by improving recreation centres and beefing up community outreach.
Manpower Minister Tan See Leng laid out these plans in a media interview on Thursday (Dec 16) as he sketched out a vision of the future for the migrant workforce here.
Speaking to reporters ahead of International Migrants Day on Saturday (Dec 18), Dr Tan described an operating model that would provide support for workers before they enter Singapore until they return home for good.
This operating model will be a constantly improving one, he added, and the next few years will see MOM executing the design principles it has put in place in the wake of Covid-19, Dr Tan said.
Another facet of MOM’s plans is the reintegration of migrant workers into the community through the safe and measured easing of movement restrictions. But on this point, Dr Tan was more circumspect.