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Countries must compete for migrant workers to boost their economies

The Conversation, Global, 13 May 2018 - Politicians and the media expend inordinate amounts of energy debating migration, often using nativist, populist and xenophobic rhetoric. This is despite the fact that, as of 2017, only three out of every 100 people – a mere 3.4% of the world’s population – have left their home nations to migrate to a new country.

Posted by Ying Yang at May 19, 2018 05:51 PM |
Philippines and Kuwait sign agreement on workers' rights

BBC, Philippines, 11 May 2018 - A bitter dispute between Kuwait and the Philippines over the treatment of domestic workers is set to end with the signing of a new agreement.

Posted by Ying Yang at May 19, 2018 05:36 PM |
Foreign workers worried about going out on May 9

Malaysia, The Star Online, 9 May 2018 - Many foreign workers are worried about going out on polling day for the fear of being attacked due to being mistaken for phantom voters, said Migrant88 Program Director Khadijah Shamsul.

Posted by Ying Yang at May 19, 2018 04:15 PM |
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Managing Labour Migration in ASEAN : Concerns for Women Migrant Workers

“We asked for guest workers. We got human beings”. This well-known aphorism by the Swiss writer, Max Frisch, has a worrying corollary: if migrant workers are seen merely as human resources, and not human beings, with rights, responsibilities, and diverse needs and capabilities, they may be excluded from protections under labour, migration and trafficking laws and policies, and their contributions to development may be minimized and invisibilized. Many migrant workers who are affected by these protection gaps are women - especially young women who are increasingly migrating independently to support themselves and their families. 1 As discussed below, women migrant workers face unique risks and challenges throughout the migration cycle that must be addressed via gender-sensitive, rights-based labour migrant governance. 2 Although this introduction gives an overview of temporary labour migration across the Asia-Pacific and Arab States regions, the report will focus on labour migration management in the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN.) Member States of ASEAN, as of September 2012, are: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

Posted by Ying Yang at May 19, 2018 07:29 PM |
Labor Migration in Asia: Increasing the Development Impact of Migration through Finance and Technology

This book documents labor migration trends in Asia and looks at how finance and technology can aid the positive impact of migration on home countries. As diasporas increase, governments have reached out to citizens abroad to provide them with financial instruments. Remittance channels have long been consolidated, but financial technology is changing how migrants remit—reducing fees and opening opportunities for new actors. One occupation driving labor migration, and incurring its own challenges, is work in information technology (IT). This book examines some of the latest developments in financial products and technology aimed at labor migrants from and in Asia, and discerns the factors determining the success of mobile IT workers from India. The four chapters in this book draw on issues raised and discussed during the Seventh Roundtable on Labor Migration in Asia: Finance and Technology to Increase the Positive Impact of Migration on Home Countries, held in Manila on 18–19 January 2017. The event brought together regional experts and policy makers and was organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the International Labour Organization, and the Asian Development Bank. The book’s introductory chapter reviews recent regional migration trends. Two statistical annexes provide an overview of migration flows within Asia and between Asia and other regions.

Posted by Ying Yang at May 19, 2018 06:19 PM |
Gender and Labour Migration in Asia

Globally, the landscape of international migration has become increasingly diversified as a result of broader changes in the global economy in addition to policy shifts in recent years. Over the last 30 years, Asia has been a region of movement and migration whether first to the Gulf countries in the 1970s or to the booming Asian tiger economies in the late 1980s. However, what has developed especially since the 1990s has been a “gendered migration process.” The increased visibility of women as labour migrants in the region has brought a number of economic and social issues to the forefront. Furthermore, the vulnerability of male migrants in terms of rights, access to services and the change in gender roles is another issue highlighted, yet under researched. Gender and Labour Migration in Asia, which contains country chapters on Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and China, aims to place gender on the labour migration and development agenda in Asia.

Posted by Ying Yang at Apr 27, 2018 11:08 AM |
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