Migrating Out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium (RPC)

Migrating out of Poverty is an international research programme consortium (RPC) funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID, or UK Aid). It focuses on the relationship between migration and poverty, with the aim of maximising the development impacts of migration whilst minimising the costs and risks of migration for the poor. A key facet of the Consortium is the communication of research through policy engagement and capacity building initiatives directed at delivering high quality research evidence into policy and practice. The Consortium is coordinated by the University of Sussex, led by CEO, Prof Richard Black, and Research Director, Dr Priya Deshingkar.

Awarding Body: 
UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Investigator(s) & Collaborator(s):
Brenda Yeoh (PI)
Maria Platt
Dhiman Das
Grace Baey
Theodora Lam
Miriam Ee

Research Project(s):

Financing Migration, Generating Remittances, and the Building of Livelihood Strategies: A Case Study of Indonesian Migrant Women as Domestic Workers in Singapore (April 2012 – Current)

This project draws on quantitative and qualitative methodologies to highlight the perspectives of Indonesian domestic workers embarking on migration as a livelihood strategy for poverty alleviation. It investigates the significance of ‘money’ at different points of the migration process – that is, how families finance the migration of a wife, mother, or daughter; what and how migration brokers charge to facilitate the move; and what amounts of remittances are generated over the course of the labour contract. In addition, it examines the mediating role of communications technologies in reducing the transaction costs of migration and remittance-sending.