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Government starts issuing labour permits to migrant workers on job break and with renewed contracts

The Kathmandu Post, Nepal, 4 July 2020 - After over three months of hiatus, the government has finally resumed issuance of labour permits to the migrant workers who could not go on foreign employment in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Posted by Site Admin at Jul 06, 2020 06:17 PM |
Jobless and without pay, migrant workers are returning home. But they have no recourse for compensation

The Kathmandu Post, Nepal, 4 July 2020 - In January, when Kalim Miya migrated to Sharjah, the third-largest city in the United Arab of Emirates, he paid nearly 35 times more than the price ceiling set by the government to go overseas for employment.

Posted by Site Admin at Jul 06, 2020 06:15 PM |
Most migrant workers in misery, says pre-Covid study

Deccan Herald, India, 3 July 2020 - Three months before the Covid-19 outbreak, a state-wide sample survey of construction workers had clearly established that 77% owned no land or were small and marginal farmers. Irregular income from agriculture forced them to migrate to cities for work, a fact dramatically exposed by the crisis.

Posted by Site Admin at Jul 06, 2020 06:12 PM |
Karnataka HC seeks details of migrant workers

The New Indian Express, India, 3 July 2020 - The Karnataka High Court on Thursday directed the State government to provide data on the number of migrant workers in mustering centres as on Thursday and the transport arrangements made for them.During the hearing of a PIL on Covid-related issues, the Additional Advocate General informed a division bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Aravind Kumar, that the State government had sent SMSs to 6,54,406 workers as on June 30, asking them to report to mustering centres if they still intended to go back to their homes states.

Posted by Site Admin at Jul 06, 2020 06:08 PM |
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COVID-19: Impact on migrant workers and country response in Malaysia

Country brief prepared by the ILO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant workers, and country responses.

Posted by Site Admin at May 08, 2020 12:00 AM |
COVID-19: Impact on migrant workers and country response in Thailand

Country brief prepared by the ILO’s Country Office for Thailand on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant workers, and country's responses.

Posted by Site Admin at Apr 17, 2020 12:00 AM |
Recommendations for Asia garment factories on how to address the COVID-19 pandemic

This thematic brief sheds light on how the COVID-19 outbreak has affected Asian garment factories, while outlining key recommendations to overcome the crisis.

Posted by Site Admin at Apr 15, 2020 12:00 AM |
Recruitment fees and related costs: What migrant workers from Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Myanmar pay to work in Thailand

The focus is on low-skilled migrant workers who are the most vulnerable to exploitation and abuse because of their low educational qualifications and limited asset base. The key conclusion is that despite international commitments to eliminate worker-paid recruitment fees and costs, low-skilled migrant workers still carry the financial burden for their recruitment. The average cost is relatively low within the corridors surveyed, mostly because of low travel costs. Despite this, there is scope to reduce the costs further. The report suggests several policy recommendations for reducing recruitment fees and related costs and thus the vulnerability of migrants, which would increase the development potential of international labour migration. The survey used a standard methodology developed by the World Bank-led Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) initiative, making it possible to compare migration costs across corridors. It also contributes to the reporting on Sustainable Development Goals Indicator 10.7.1 on “recruitment cost borne by employee as a proportion of monthly income earned in country of destination”.

Posted by Site Admin at Apr 01, 2020 12:00 AM |
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