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Cameron Sinclair: The refugees of boom-and-bust | Video on TED.com

TED Talks At TEDGlobal U, Cameron Sinclair shows the unreported cost of real estate megaprojects gone bust: thousands of migrant construction laborers left stranded and penniless. To his fellow architects, he says there is only one ethical response.

 

Raises a lot of ethical questions about the treatment of migrant labor. Shows the dark side of what can happen when migrant labor goes terribly wrong resulting in forced homelessness and poverty. Modern day indentured servitude all in the search for remittances to send home.

 

Questions to ponder:

 

1) Why is so little done to help these migrant laborers in their camps?

2) Where are most of these laborers coming from? How does this relate to distance decay?

3) Is there an ethical (right, fair, or just) way to build skyscrapers with migrant labor?

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Yu Heng Andrew Hsia's comment, October 14, 2012 7:24 AM
Andrew H. 9B #27
Terrified and shock. The video gave us a clear view of what a migrant workers’ life is like. “Mainly Indian Pakistani, Sri Lankan, and Nepalese, these laborers risked everything to make money for their family back home.”(00:53). All these worker came overseas, away from their families to make money. However, after they arrived, the environment they lived in was harsh. “And when they arrive, they find themselves in labor camps with no water, no air conditioning, and their passports are taken away” (01:03) Those workers have no way to get back home and with their harsh living environment, none of the us can manage to survive. This video is meaningful to me as it raises social awareness that actions must be done to help those migrant workers. It also makes me realize that how lucky it is for me to live here in Taiwan. All the workers come from “the Rest” to “the West”. “The West” being more financially active should care more for the migrant workers. Democratic societies always talk about equal rights and stuff; however all these rights are only given to the citizens in those particular countries. How about migrant labors? No. they were treated like slaves. After watching this video, I just can’t stop thinking about how corrupt “the West” was. I hope that this video can make more and more people realize that we must take actions to help those migrant workers.
Alex Hsu's comment, October 14, 2012 7:53 AM
Alex H. 9B #6
After I watched this video, I was extremely surprised that many migrant labors have to suffer from this type of work. They risk their lives at work to feed their families. "These laborers risked everything to make money for their family back home." (00:50). Also, these workers get treated very unfairly, they don't get the essentials they need nor any fair treatment. "Last summer, more than 10,000 workers protested for the non payment of wages, poor quality of food, and inadequate housing." (01:30) With this harsh living environment, I don't think anyone's body can handle it. I don't think these workers are treated with any bit of respect. These workers are working so hard to support their family but their income is just unbelievably low. "And when they arrive, they find themselves in labor camps with no water, no air conditioning and their passports taken away." (00:57). In the end, i realized that "the west" takes advantage of these workers and I now know i am lucky to be born in a family like mine.
Areta Chu's comment, October 14, 2012 8:51 AM
Areta C. 9A #10 After watching this video, i was shocked for what benefits they give for the migrant labors. "40 present of of the countries 1,098 labor camp had violated minimum health and fire safety regulations."(1:23) i feel like "the west" shouldn't take unessential benefits from the migrant laborers that are already in a difficult situation. "The Rest" has to send back most of the money that was made at the work place but finding them selves in a place where there's no water, no air conditioning and their passports taken away.(00:57) There's no way back home, and there's no way, and no proof of arrival." (1:55) i feel lucky for what i have and live around in where people are comfortable and eat well, where people aren't usually living in such harsh conditions, i feel blessed with a family like mine.
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The Global Scale of Migrant Money Flows - Interactive Graphic - NYTimes.com

A new study suggests that 1 in 10 people on the planet directly benefit from money sent home by migrants working in other countries. Here are figures detailing that money's impact on developing nations in 2006.

 

Excellent map that details global money flows, i.e. the migration of money. Remittances is a key issue in the global economy and a great statement about the relationship that exists between the "west" and the "rest"

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In a World on the Move, a Tiny Land Strains to Cope - New York Times

In a World on the Move, a Tiny Land Strains to Cope - New York Times | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
The West African nation of Cape Verde, where almost everyone has a relative abroad, is a microcosm of the forces of migration that are remaking societies across the globe.

 

Cool article on remittances in Cape Verde.

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