To celebrate International Migrants Day (IMD), the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) Assurance, Care & Engagement (ACE) Group collaborated with over 120 partners to organise a series of activities for migrant workers islandwide, from 10 December 2022 to 18 December 2022, attended by around 50,000 workers.
Building on this year’s theme of “Joining Hands, Building Bonds”, members of the public were invited to take part in several IMD activities leading up to the actual day, bringing the local and migrant worker communities together.
Activities included a Futsal tournament in collaboration with Geylang Serai Community Club, and outings to HiRoller Indoor Skating Rink. Youth partners from various educational institutions also organised food and cultural trails where our migrant workers could savour local delicacies such as Kueh Lapis and rice dumplings, and learn about local heritage sites.
In addition, MOM held a social media contest which called for members of the public to submit videos expressing their appreciation for migrant workers. Six submissions were selected as winning entries.
The IMD festivities were launched at a carnival themed “Befriend our Migrant Friends” at Pek Kio Community Centre on 10 December 2022. The carnival, organised in partnership with Moulmein-Cairnhill Grassroots Organisation, saw over 700 migrant workers and residents engaging in a slew of activities including Zumba and carnival games.
To bring the celebrations closer to the community, the ACE Group collaborated with the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO), to organise the main event on IMD at Little India on 18 December 2022. Over 6500 migrant workers participated in cultural activities, enjoyed meals from their home countries, and watched performances by their peers, in their native languages.
MOM said that during this festive season and as part of IMD celebrations, migrant workers visited various local attractions such as Gardens by the Bay and Wild Wild Wet, facilitated by Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) partners such as The Salvation Army. In addition, at their recreation centres and dormitories, migrant workers enjoyed various activities such as cricket tournaments and mini bazaars.
“Caring for our migrant workers is a whole-of-society endeavour. We invite all our
stakeholders who have supported us in the past year to continue working with MOM, and for future partners to take active steps with us to co-create more meaningful initiatives for our migrant workers,” said Senior Minister of State for Manpower, Dr Koh Poh Koon.