The Standard, Indonesia, 19 May 2016 - Indonesian domestic helpers in Hong Kong are confused and fear for their jobs after it was reported that President Joko Widodo ordered a stop to maids going abroad starting at the end of the month.A complete ban will then take effect from next year.
The Himalayan Times, The ‘Subhayatra’ (Happy Journey) application has been made public on Wednesday. The app provides information about safe migration and secure foreign employment.
Sixthtone, China 18 May 2016 - Migration and failed marriages give rise to emotionally neglected single-parent kids.
This edition of Migration Policy Practice focuses on a range of themes, namely, migration and IT connectivity, the labour immigration system of Sweden, new migration and development strategies, and migration trends in the Arab region. The first article describes the ways in which information and communications technology revolution enables the creation of faster and more affordable unregulated migration pathways, particularly through the many smartphone apps that are available for people travelling to and through Europe. In the second article, authors argue that despite its flexibility, Sweden’s liberal, demand-driven policy for labour immigration from non-EU countries has often led migrant workers to vulnerable situations and has enabled employers to circumvent existing labour market regulations on decent working conditions and salaries. The third article revisits the ongoing debate on migration and development, by stressing the importance of policies that aim to improve migrants’ integration into the host countries. The last article briefly presents the key findings of the 2015 Situation Report on International Migration: Migration, Displacement and Development in a Changing Arab Region, published recently by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia and the International Organization for Migration. The report shows that, in general, borders in the region are closing rather than opening. In any scenario, migration, mobility and displacement in the Arab region will remain closely interrelated with and will impact neighbouring regions.
Climate change is a key concern for the international community. The links to environmental degradation and human mobility are increasingly understood, leading to calls for data on environmental migrants. However, meaningful data only exist on persons newly displaced by disasters within countries, as the environment being one of the several factors in the decision to migrate compounds the difficulty of quantifying these movements. This data briefing by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) aims to provide an overview of existing data sources on environmental migration. This briefing identifies good and innovative practices on assessing the evidence to guide new and comparable data collection and support State actors in integrating human mobility in all its facets in adaptation, disaster response and disaster risk reduction planning in the context of environmental and climate change.
This publication contains the report and supplementary materials of the Conference on Migrants and Cities, which was held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 26 and 27 October 2015, within the framework of the International Dialogue on Migration (IDM), IOM’s principal forum for migration policy dialogue. The conference, which is the second in a series of global conferences organized by IOM following the 2013 Diaspora Ministerial Conference, set a new framework for the global dialogue on migration by involving all levels of migration governance and in which local authorities were the main interlocutors. The event discussed the significant link between migration and cities and affirmed the key role local authorities have in the global migration governance.
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