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Book describes abuse of migrants under brokers

Taipei Times, Taiwan, 1 January 2019 - A book published by the Migrant Empowerment Network in Taiwan (MENT), which gives a voice to migrant workers, and their stories of exploitation and abuse under Taiwan’s private broker system, was launched at a news conference in Taipei on Saturday.

Posted by Site Admin at Jan 04, 2020 08:37 PM |
Good intentions fall short as migrant amnesty logistics prove a nightmare

Malaysiakini, Malaysia, 31 December 2019 - In the final week of the Back For Good amnesty exercise, Immigration Department offices nationwide have reportedly been inundated with last-minute applications from undocumented migrants who have surrendered themselves for voluntary repatriation.

Posted by Site Admin at Jan 04, 2020 08:32 PM |
Why the UN Secretary General wants to embrace blockchain

Decrypt, Global, 31 December 2019 - António Guterres thinks that blockchain can help the United Nations with its Sustainable Development Goals. But the UN already has plenty of projects on the go.

Posted by Site Admin at Jan 04, 2020 08:26 PM |
[What the 2020s will hold for Korea] More immigrants, multinational families

The Korea Herald, Korea, 31 December 2019 - A new decade has dawned. Unprecedented challenges await Korea from an aging and shrinking population to accelerated warming of the peninsula.

Posted by Site Admin at Jan 04, 2020 08:21 PM |
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Public attitudes towards migrant workers in Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

In 2010, the International Labour Organization (ILO) conducted a large-scale public opinion survey of 4,020 nationals in four Asian migrant destination countries – the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand – to assess public attitudes towards migrant workers. In 2019, nearly a decade later, the TRIANGLE in ASEAN (ILO) and Safe and Fair (ILO and UN Women) projects have conducted a similar survey of 4,099 nationals to track trends in Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand, and adding Japan, given its emergence as an important destination country for low-skilled migrant workers in Asia. Findings from the study indicate that support for migrant workers has decreased overall in the last nine years. Where there is public support for migrants, it is largely driven by the relationships people have with migrant workers, rather than demographic characteristics. Knowledge regarding migrant workers across the four countries remains low, and discriminatory attitudes prevail with significant numbers of members of the public in migrant destination countries stating that migrant workers should not enjoy equal working conditions with nationals. However, the public in countries of destination show more positive support for policies that particularly address gender equality, violence against women, and problems in women dominant job sectors. Respondents largely agreed that care work should be recognized as a profession, and that women migrant workers should receive maternity leave. Similarly, respondents expressed support for shelters when women migrant workers face violence, and for stronger enforcement against violence against women.

Posted by Site Admin at Dec 18, 2019 12:00 AM |
Mobile women and mobile phones: Women migrant workers’ use of information and communication technologies in ASEAN

The joint ILO-UN Women Safe and Fair Programme: Realizing women migrant workers’ rights and opportunities in the ASEAN region (part of the multi-year EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls) undertook a qualitative study involving potential and returned women migrant workers in four countries of origin in the ASEAN region – Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines. The study covers intra-ASEAN labour migration, including women who intended to migrate to, or had just returned from, Malaysia, Singapore, or Thailand. The study provides insight into women migrant workers’ use of mobile phones, and how women migrant workers could access more accurate information throughout the migration process and increase their connections with peers.

Posted by Site Admin at Dec 12, 2019 12:00 AM |
Good Labour Practices (GLP) Guidelines in Thailand’s seafood industry

Over the past few years, we have witnessed changes in the Thai and global seascapes for work in commercial fishing. These changes includes: new Thai law and enforcement regimes for work in fishing and seafood; the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (P 29) and the Work in Fishing Convention (C 188); higher forced labour standards for US and UK importers; closer scrutiny of Thai agro-industry from global buyers; and “yellow cards” from the European Union (EU) for illegal and unregulated fishing in South-East Asia.

Posted by Site Admin at Dec 01, 2019 12:00 AM |
Less Is More - How Policy and Technology can Impact the Thai Labour Market for Work in Fishing

Thailand is one of the largest economies in Southeast Asia and a leader in the global seafood trade. It ranks behind only China, Norway and Vietnam in the value of seafood exports. The strength of its export industry depends overwhelmingly on fish caught outside Thai waters because largely unstructured and under-regulated growth in the Thai commercial fishing industry since the 1960s led to devastation of Thai fish stocks. This collapse has forced vessel owners to venture further afield for fish. This combination of factors, plus price pressure from an increasingly competitive global trade in seafood, has fuelled demand for a low-wage workforce from countries such as Cambodia and Myanmar.

Posted by Site Admin at Dec 01, 2019 12:00 AM |
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