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International Rights Group: Migrant Workers Abused in UAE Homes

Many Asian and African women working as domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates say their employers beat them with sticks or cables, punched and slapped them, and there's little they can do because they're excluded from the country's labor law protections, a rights group said Thursday.

Posted by Eliza Marks at Oct 23, 2014 11:22 AM |
Filed under: Domestic workers
S. Korean gov’t responds to Amnesty International migrant worker report

The South Korean government said it is making efforts to protect migrant farmers, refuting a report this week by Amnesty International that detailed a range of alleged labor abuses in the agriculture sector.

Posted by Eliza Marks at Oct 23, 2014 11:19 AM |
Dhaka to host 9th global forum on migration meeting

Bangladesh has won a bid to host the meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).

Posted by Eliza Marks at Oct 23, 2014 09:55 AM |
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"I Already Bought You"

Human Rights Watch "I Already Bought You" Abuse and Exploitation of Female Migrant Domestic Workers in the United Arab Emirates This 79-page report documents how the UAE’s visa sponsorship system, known as kafala, and the lack of labor law protections leave migrant domestic workers exposed to abuse. Domestic workers, most from Asia and Africa, cannot move to a new job before their contracts end without the employer’s consent, trapping many in abusive conditions. Labor-sending countries don’t fully protect the workers against deceptive recruitment practices or provide adequate assistance to abused nationals abroad.

Posted by Eliza Marks at Oct 23, 2014 12:00 AM |
TED Talk - Dilip Ratha: The hidden force in global economics: sending money home

In 2013, international migrants sent $413 billion home to families and friends — three times more than the total of global foreign aid (about $135 billion). This money, known as remittances, makes a significant difference in the lives of those receiving it and plays a major role in the economies of many countries. Economist Dilip Ratha describes the promise of these “dollars wrapped with love” and analyzes how they are stifled by practical and regulatory obstacles.

Posted by Eliza Marks at Oct 20, 2014 12:26 PM |
Reinforcing ties: Enhancing contributions from Bangladeshi diaspora members

The ability of the Bangladeshi Diaspora to adapt and become an integral part of their host community often makes people in Bangladesh feel that as their Diasporas age and take root in the host countries, their contribution to the country of origin declines. Findings from this study suggest that perception has been wrong. With enormous progress taking root across Bangladesh, the country has witnessed eagerness of its Diaspora to be a part of it. Bangladeshi Diaspora is uniquely positioned to contribute to boosting not only economic growth but also prosperity in other forms. Bangladeshi Diaspora has been making significant contributions in development of information communication technologies, promotion of education and training, and bringing some life-changing and quality enhancing innovations to Bangladesh.

Posted by Eliza Marks at Oct 20, 2014 09:25 AM |
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