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Nepal, Malaysia ink bilateral labor deal

myrepublica, Nepal, 29 Oct 2018 - Minister for Labor, Gokarna Bista, and his Malaysian counterpart M. Kula Segaran has signed a labor deal amid a function at Hotel Hayat today.

Posted by Ying Yang at Oct 30, 2018 02:45 PM |
Foreign workers demand job change rights

The Korea Times, Korea, 15 October 2018 - Hundreds of migrant workers and civic activists rallied in front of Seoul Finance Center in Jung-gu, downtown Seoul, Sunday, demanding workers' freedom to change workplaces and denouncing government crackdowns on undocumented foreign laborers.

Posted by Ying Yang at Oct 23, 2018 03:39 PM |
Foreign workers are not stealing your jobs or suppressing wages, says reportForeign workers are not stealing your jobs or suppressing wages, says report

Malay Mail, Malaysia, 15 October 2018 - Migrant workers tend to enter low-skilled jobs while Malaysians generally go into skilled and semi-skilled ones, a Khazanah Research Institute (KRI) report said.

Posted by Ying Yang at Oct 23, 2018 03:30 PM |
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International labour migration statistics in South Asia: Establishing a subregional database and improving data collection for evidence-based policy-making

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of statistics related to labour migration from South Asia. It also includes conversations on developments and trends in labour migration, migrant worker attributes, and associated thematic areas in the sub-region. The stock of South Asian nationals residing outside of South Asia increased from just under 24 million in 1990 to more than 38 million as of 2017. Employment is a primary driver of migration out of South Asia. As labour migration has continued to grow, both in importance and scale, within and out of South Asia, it has become increasingly important for governments to ground policy in evidence. This report compiles the data that exist on labour migration and migrant workers in South Asia, highlights many challenges and limitations in the current statistical framework, and provides concrete recommendations on how data collection and analysis can be strengthened in the sub-region. The developments and trends discussed are primarily those that can be derived from relevant quantitative data produced at the national and international levels up to 31 December 2017. This report has also shown the scope for greater investment and cooperation in data collection and dissemination on labour migration in the sub-region. The International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) has outlined the need for “harmonized labour migration statistics to inform labour market and migration policies”. Additionally, data is an important factor in migration-related initiatives included in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, with Target 17.18 in particular committing to “enhancing capacity building support to developing countries to increase significantly the availability of high quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by several characteristics, including migratory status”. The report will be used to inform national, sub-regional, regional and international discourse on labour migration policies and programmes, and may instruct future technical cooperation on data collection.

Posted by Ying Yang at Sep 20, 2018 12:00 AM |
The ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML) Background information booklet

The ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML) is a regional tripartite platform to discuss issues faced by women and men migrant workers from and within ASEAN. The ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML) is a regional tripartite platform to discuss issues faced by women and men migrant workers from and within ASEAN. The ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of Migrant Workers (Cebu Declaration) was adopted by the ten ASEAN Member States (AMS) in 2007 in Cebu, the Philippines. The Cebu Declaration shows the AMS’ commitment to protect and promote the rights of migrant workers in the region. In order to advance the principles of the Cebu Declaration, the AFML was established to provide an open platform for governments, employers, workers and civil society organizations to discuss complex and regional labour migration issues. Ten AFMLs have been held to date. This publication contains information on the establishment of the AFML, past themes, and the Recommendations adopted at the 3rd–10th AFMLs, showing progress being made toward the implementation of the Cebu Declaration.

Posted by Ying Yang at Sep 06, 2018 12:00 AM |
Assessment guide for bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding on labour migration, with a special focus on Bangladesh

Memoranda of understanding (MoUs) and bilateral labour agreements (BLAs) are important instruments between the countries of origin and countries of destination. They help regulate labour migration, protect migrant workers’ rights and guarantee conditions for decent work. The Government of Bangladesh has been developing bilateral relationships with countries in the Middle East and East Asia on labour migration through MoUs and BLAs. To strengthen these agreements and better align efforts to its international commitments, the Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment of the Government of Bangladesh, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and in close collaboration with International Labour Organization (ILO) Bangladesh through its “Application of Migration Policy for Decent Work of Migrant Workers” project, has developed the document titled "Assessment guide for bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding on labour migration, with a special focus on Bangladesh". This report was developed through consultations with officials from the Government of Bangladesh, employers’ representatives, workers’ representatives and recruitment agency representatives over a period of six months in 2017. While the three documents were prepared for the Government of Bangladesh, they will be useful for any government seeking to develop MoUs and bilateral agreements.

Posted by Ying Yang at Aug 16, 2018 12:00 AM |
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