Michiel Baas is currently a Research Fellow with the Asian Migration Cluster of the Asia Research Institute at NUS. His most recent project focuses on Indian mid-level skilled migrants in Singapore and the “migration industry” which facilitates migration from India to Singapore. Previous projects include research on IT professionals in Bangalore; student migration in Australia; and more recently new middle class professionals (among which fitness trainers and coffee baristas) in Delhi and other Indian cities. Previously, Dr. Baas headed the Amsterdam-department of the International Institute for Asian Studies and was a lecturer with the anthropology department of the University of Amsterdam. He was also coordinator and secretary to the board at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) and involved in the Eutopia Institute in Amsterdam. The red thread in his work is the Indian middle class.