Immigration status: overstay

7 10, 2017

A mookata waiter’s tale

2019-08-30T16:31:30+08:00October 7th, 2017|Articles, Stories|

File picture. Does not depict the restaurant in the article. By Liang Lei, based on an interview in July 2017 The raid came. Subbas was on duty that night, and he was arrested. His luck had run out. He would spend a month in jail and, tied to a medieval rack, receive three

16 03, 2015

Catch the victim, never mind the syndicate

2019-08-30T16:32:53+08:00March 16th, 2015|Articles, Stories|

It was Sadhin who first saw her. She was crying, lost in a foreign country, knowing nobody. All she knew was that her tourist visa was about to expire and she would soon be an illegal overstayer. Broke and with no means to purchase a flight home, she could soon be spending time in prison.

13 08, 2014

They’re going on holiday together

2019-08-30T16:33:05+08:00August 13th, 2014|Articles, Stories|

By Keith Wong I asked four friends when we were having a Friday night out whether they'd prefer to use a moving company that employed Bangladeshi workers or one that employed ex-convicts. There was no contest. All made it exceedingly clear they would choose the company that had Bangladeshi workers. "They're very hardworking,"  one said. "And

28 09, 2012

Nabbing immigration offenders affects Special Pass holders too

2019-08-30T16:35:24+08:00September 28th, 2012|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, Uncategorized|

The drop in the number of immigration offenders was covered recently in the news: 2,077, 1,698, and 1,318 people were arrested for immigration offences in the first half of 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively [endnote 1]. The news story did not reveal whether these numbers included both male and female immigration offenders, who encounter significantly

18 09, 2011

Left for dead, Jitu finds his feet again

2019-08-30T16:36:52+08:00September 18th, 2011|Articles, Stories|

By Spiegel Back home in Shariatpur, Bangladesh, he left behind a wife and four young, school-going children. Far away in Singapore, he sought a better living. If only for just eight months, he did find it. But a horrific workplace accident would cost him nearly everything. His name is Jitu. After paying an agent $4,000