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Posted by Ying Yang at Jul 19, 2017 06:20 PM |
Thai PM Halts Migrant Labor Law After Protests

VOA, Thailand, 5 July 2017 - Thailand’s military government has been forced to set a six-month grace period for new migrant labor laws with harsh penalties, after protests and panic among workers and employers.

Posted by Ying Yang at Jul 10, 2017 10:05 AM |
Thailand's new labor rules send thousands of migrant workers fleeing

Reuters, Thailand, 3 July 2017 - Tens of thousands of migrant workers, most of them from Myanmar, have fled from Thailand in fear after new labor regulations adopted by the military government, immigration officials said on Monday.

Posted by Y Y at Jul 06, 2017 11:22 AM |
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Statistics on Labor Migration within the Asia-Pacific Region

Red Cross Red Crescent Manila Conference on Labor Migration 2015 / Manila, Philippines / 12-13 May 2015

Posted by Y Y at Jun 22, 2017 10:22 AM |
Migrant Workers and Social Protection in ASEAN: Moving Towards a Regional Standard?

The number of migrants originating from ASEAN member states is estimated at 13.5 million, 39 percent (5.3 million) of whom are working in other ASEAN countries. An estimated 60% of the working population in these countries work in informal sectors of the economy that are not fully covered by labor laws, let alone social protection measures. In addition, nascent social protection systems in these countries provide little coverage in case of loss of worker income, and standards are generally poorly enforced. In this context, migrant social protection in ASEAN has rarely been explored. This paper considers global standards and themes regarding migrant social protection before outlining case studies of Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The paper shows how migrants rarely access social protection in ASEAN and recommends regional action by ASEAN member states to holistically remedy this.

Posted by Y Y at Jun 22, 2017 12:00 AM |
Women’s Labour Migration from Asia and the Pacific: Opportunities and Challenges

In an era of unprecedented human mobility, migration from and within the Asia-Pacific region has assumed gendered dimensions, with implications for migration flows, trends and patterns. Gender roles, inequalities and relations affect who migrates, why and how, and migration also has significant implications for women migrant workers (WMWs) themselves. Migration can provide opportunities to improve their lives and that of their families, help them escape from social and economic vulnerabilities, and offer avenues for greater autonomy and empowerment. Migration also, however, exposes these women to different types of vulnerabilities, discrimination and risk (Sijapati and Nair, 2014), both in their origin and destination countries, particularly where such migration carries a stigma and patriarchal norms are deep-seated. For the broader society, the consequential effects of women’s increased mobility have been significant. Sending countries have benefitted from higher inflows of remittances and changes in societal and family relations, particularly as they relate to gender roles and relations. For receiving countries, the welfare gains have been considerable, in the form of increased labour supply, opportunities for native women to enter the workforce and child- and elder-care possibilities, especially in contexts where such services are limited. While countries in the region have adopted various measures to address the concerns of women migrants nationally, bilaterally and regionally, the ability to highlight issues concerning women migrant workers in the Beijing+20 discussions and in the formulation of the post-2015 development agenda provides opportunities for greater impact on gender equality and women’s empowerment. A few key areas for consideration include: greater protection for women migrant workers; measures to maximize the potential of remittances for the workers, their families and beyond; conducive policy environments, especially in destination countries; and improvements in information, evidence and knowledge base.

Posted by Y Y at Jun 22, 2017 12:00 AM |
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