Migrant Crisis Pandemic Porn

I think this is important to put out in the light of what i see as migrant crisis porn. As a second gen migrant with active work and family links to both the Gulf and Singapore i can feel the pain of a genuine migrant in trouble. I have not been paid my former employers whom i have taken to court and have got my pending salaries. I have absolutely no hard feelings for them, rather a sense of gratitude as salaries is not the only element we earn at work. These are skills, ideas and life long networks too. I work with non profits and write on migration issues regularly. In the pandemic i have pitch in to many civil society micro initiatives. As a migration researcher, i speak multiple languages including Bangla and see a lot of unnecessary banter of migrants playing the victim card. Singapore has done the maximum in this crisis as have other Gulf countries even more than passport countries, ask anyone from India or Nepal. There needs to be gratitude. If the elevator in your dorm is not working, complain to the dorm management rather than defame the country.

If things were that great back home, you would not have mortgaged your family land to pay the broker to arrive in Singapore. Get a sense of proportion. Do not blame the host country for your migration debt when the bribe was paid to your relative for the IPA?Many migrant workers have done really well for their families as well. Let these stories also come out.

2 thoughts on “Migrant Crisis Pandemic Porn

  1. Very harsh words for an elitist “migrant”. it does not appear from your own description of yourself that you are any bit a poor/struggling “migrant”; albeit all the struggle was your parents’ and of which you enjoyed the fruits and still do. Being upset because lift does not work is often a culmination of series of disappointments – observing migrants/clicking B&W photos is not the same as living the life of a blue collar worker. You barely scratch the surface – most of your ramblings are (quite transparent) attempts to appear profound. In truth, your writing belies a strong underlying bitterness that comes with years of frustration.

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