AsiaOne, Singapore, 23 Sep 2016 - The humble 2G phone, which provides only basic Internet access on top of voice calls and SMS, is an entry-level phone used by many foreign workers here to keep in touch with their loved ones back home.
The New York Times, Thailand, 22 Sep 2016 - Facing international pressure for failing to stop human trafficking in the seafood trade, Thailand promised almost a year ago to compensate victims of slavery and industry leaders vowed to bring all shrimp processing in-house.
Samma, Pakistan, 20 Sep 2016 - One of the most effective ways to combat common abuses of migrants such as underpayment of wages, confiscation of passports, substandard working conditions and confinement in the workplace, is to ensure that migrants are equipped with knowledge and strategies to safeguard their labour- and human rights throughout the migration cycle.
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September edition of the AP Migration Community Update, highlighting news, updates and resources from our network.
This report presents the findings of a survey on migration expenses that Pakistani workers paid for jobs in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The focus is on low-skilled migrants, who are the most vulnerable because of their low educational qualifications and limited asset base. The survey used a standard methodology developed by the World Bank-led Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development initiative, making it possible to compare migration costs across corridors. The central conclusion is that low-skilled Pakistani migrant workers experience an alarmingly high cost of migration: Survey respondents spent on average nearly $3,500 to secure a job in Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates. More than 80 per cent of that total amount covered assistance in obtaining the work visa and was paid to the agent, a relative or a friend who also helped the migrants secure their job. The study reveals that the information source for an overseas job (through either a formal or informal channel) and workers’ salary before and after migration greatly impact the amount they pay to go abroad for employment. Demographic factors, such as the age of migrants, their marital status, education level and where in Pakistan they reside, also influence the fees charged. The report suggests several policy recommendations for reducing migration costs and thus the vulnerability of migrants, which would increase the benefits from international labour migration.
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