Drivers of Migration Policy Reform: The Day Off Policy for Migrant Domestic Workers in Singapore
Koh, Chiu Yee
Yeoh, Brenda S.A.
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While there has been much debate on Singapore's migration policies, a 'black box' continues to surround policymaking decisions. This article examines the dynamics of migration policy reforms in Singapore, using the case study of the mandatory weekly day off policy for migrant domestic workers. Designing our analysis around the three 'Is' - ideas, interests and institutions - we argue that the inclusion and formalisation of migrant rights in the policy sphere entails the framing of migrant rights in a manner that appeals to Singapore's institutional logics and cultural repertoire; prioritising the needs and interests of citizens in the policy calculus; and institutional readiness and conviction to the cause.
CitationKoh, C.Y.; Goh, C.; Wee, K.; and Yeoh, B.S.A.(2017) Drivers of Migration Policy Reform: The Day Off Policy for Migrant Domestic Workers in Singapore, Global Social Policy, 17(2), 188-205. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468018116677218
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