Fears over foreign professionals

Time for a deeper rethink of Singapore's foreign worker policy

Beyond pricing, study how to ensure fair job opportunities for Singaporeans and train them to replace foreigners

It takes a crisis like this pandemic to shine a light on some issues and make you see what is really happening.

The foreign worker issue is a good example of this. Before Covid-19, it seemed so obvious that migrant workers from poor countries in the region doing work that Singaporeans were not prepared to do was a cheap and easy way to grow the economy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 06, 2020, with the headline 'Time for a deeper rethink of S'pore's foreign worker policy'. Print Edition | Subscribe