The long-term effects of Covd-19 can be nasty. Two healthy foreign workers who didn't even know they had Covid-19 are reduced to invalids overnight.
To pay the agent fee for his job, Shahadat had to take a loan. We calculate the interest rate involved. We can barely believe our math.
Throughout the Covid-19 lockdown, Kader was almost continuously on the phone. Here's a glimpse of a migrant worker's use of technology.
To fund the required recruitment fee for his job, Habibur took a loan from Brac Bank. Even from the beginning, the repayment demands looked tight. Then the unexpected happened.
Nahid's first job turned out relatively well, but he hadn't gone home to see his family in five years. So he resigned and, soon after, had to look for another job.
Relationships and trust figure strongly in how a Bangladeshi worker like Khairul operates in the world. In bureaucratic Singapore, they don't work so well.
After long months of confinement, workers want to go home. But it is proving nearly as difficult as breaking out of jail. Reasons for policy remain unclear.
Sharif has had five jobs in Singapore over four years. Has work migration been a path to a better life for this young father and his family?
A worker under TWC2's care was diagnosed with Covid-19. What does treatment and recovery for a foreign worker feel like? What unresolved issues remain? We interview him by phone.
We're been feverishly doing phone top-ups these two weeks, boosted by generous donors, and helping thousands of workers stuck in quarantine.