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Japan’s migrant worker challenge

Equal Times, Japan, 11 May 2017 - The number of migrants in Japan is once again on the rise as the country slowly opens its door to a new wave of workers from south-east Asia. Last year, the number of foreign workers in Japan hit one million for the first time. However, a lack of enforcement of labour laws, the use of brokers and limited efforts to educate and integrate migrants are creating challenges in a country long known for its cultural homogeneity.

Posted by Ying Yang at May 15, 2017 11:10 AM |
Better insurance coverage for foreign domestic workers from October

Channel News Asia, Singapore, 7 May 2017 - Foreign domestic workers (FDWs) in Singapore will enjoy better protection under changes to their Personal Accident Insurance requirements with effect from October 2017.

Posted by Ying Yang at May 15, 2017 10:59 AM |
ASEAN to promote mobility of women migrant workers in the region

ATUC, ASEAN, 11 April 2017 - A regional workshop to validate the draft study report on women migrant workers in the ASEAN Economic Community was held yesterday. It was attended by labour officials from ASEAN Member States, ASEAN Confederation of Employers, ASEAN Trade Union Council, ASEAN Services Employees Trade Union Council, Migrant Forum in Asia, Mekong Migration Network, ASEAN Secretariat, UN Women, and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

Posted by Ying Yang at May 15, 2017 10:50 AM |
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General principles and operational guidelines for fair recruitment

The objective of these General principles and operational guidelines for fair recruitment is to inform the current and future work of the ILO and of other organizations, national legislatures, and the social partners on promoting and ensuring fair recruitment. These principles and guidelines are derived from a number of sources, including international labour standards and ILO instruments among others.

Posted by Ying Yang at May 14, 2017 01:29 PM |
Handbook on Establishing Effective Labour Migration Polices in Countries of Origin and Destination

Published by the OSCE, the International Organization for Migration and the International Labour Office, the book aims to assist states in developing new policy approaches, solutions and practical measures for better management of labour migration.

Posted by Ying Yang at May 14, 2017 11:31 AM |
In search of decent work. Migrant workers' rights: A manual for trade unionists

Migration is primarily a labour issue. It concerns the movement of workers who cross borders to find employment, as well as the necessity of equal treatment, good working conditions and rights for these workers. The purpose of this manual is to guide the trade union movement's participation in shaping migration policies by promoting sound labour migration practices and reaching out to migrant workers. It aims to ensure that migration benefits the countries of origin as well as destination countries, and both migrant and non-migrant workers.

Posted by Ying Yang at May 14, 2017 11:10 AM |
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