Thai Migrant Workers Government Support for the Sustainable Living of Thai Migrant Workers Before and After Working in Singapore

By Aree Naipinit, Punya Tepsing and Thongphon Promsaka Na Sakolnakorn.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

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Published online: April 24, 2014 $US5.00

The purpose of this study is to understand: (1) the motivation behind workers migrating to Singapore, (2) the obstacles faced by Thai workers in Singapore, (3) the obstacles faced by Thai workers after they return home, and (4) the government support for the life sustainability of Thai migrant workers before and after they work in Singapore. We conducted in-depth interviews with thirty-five Thai migrant workers in Singapore and eight Thai workers who have worked in Singapore in the past. Our study indicates that the primary motivation to migrate to and work in Singapore is to gain a better quality of life and receive and save more money to support their family. Migrant workers are required to study English and Chinese before migrating to Singapore for work because otherwise, they are likely to have problems in communication. In addition, after returning from Singapore and settling down in Thailand, they are considered high-skilled workers and they need to get a job that provides an income that matches the one in Singapore. However, if they receive an income similar to that earned by non-skilled workers, the Thai government should have policies to support them.

Keywords: Thai Migrant Workers, Sustainability

The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp.13-21. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 24, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 497.825KB)).

Aree Naipinit

Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Faculty of Management Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand

Aree Naipinit is an Assistant Professor in Management at Faculty of Management Science, Khon Kaen University, Thailand. She received her PhD in Public Administration from Magadh University, India and MBA from Kasetsart University, Thailand. She specializes in management, tourism management, and SME management.

Punya Tepsing

Associate Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla, Thailand

Punya Tepsing is an Associate Professor in Cultural Arts. He received his PhD in Arts and Cultural Research from Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand and M.Ed in Arts Education from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. He specializes in Asian arts and culture.

Assoc. Prof. Thongphon Promsaka Na Sakolnakorn

Lecturer, Research Center for Asia Pacific Development Studies, Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla, Songkhla, Thailand

Dr. Thongphon Promsaka Na Sakolnakorn is a lecturer with the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Director of the Research Center for Asia Pacific Development Studies at Prince of Songkla University, Thailand. He received his first PhD in Development Science from Khon Kaen University, Thailand, and his second doctoral degree in Ancient Indian and Asian Studies from Magadh University, India. He specializes in outsourcing management, organization development, public policy, and SME management