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AFP investigating record number of human trafficking cases in Australia

Sydney Morning Herald - 31 October 2014 - Federal police are investigating a record number of human trafficking cases in Australia, involving sex slavery, forced marriages and child brides.

Posted by Eliza Marks at Oct 31, 2014 10:00 AM |
Workers convention: ‘Legislation for home-based workers in the works’

The Express Tribune - 30 October 2014 - LAHORE: Women Development Minister Hameeda Waheedud Din said on Wednesday that a bill on home-based workers would be presented in the Punjab Assembly as soon as the chief minister returned from abroad.

Posted by Eliza Marks at Oct 30, 2014 11:13 AM |
Filed under: Domestic workers
Macau needs more migrant labour: Pansy Ho

GGR Asia - 29 October 2014 - Pansy Ho Chiu King, co-chairperson of casino operator MGM China Holdings Ltd, says the Macau government must lessen restrictions on the hiring of migrant workers. Otherwise, the city’s new tourism and gaming developments will face staffing problems, Ms Ho warned.

Posted by Eliza Marks at Oct 30, 2014 11:10 AM |
Filed under: Shortage of workers
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Lesson Plans on the History of Migration

Lesson Plans on the History of Migration One of the goals of ASEAN (Association of South East Asia Nations) is “strengthening the regional social cohesion” and working towards social and economic integration throughout the region by 2015. As a sub-region of ASEAN, countries in the Mekong region have revised and updated school curriculums to reflect and include these goals. The Mekong Migration Network, together with the Foundation for Migrants from Mekong Neighbourhood, believes in the importance of social integration in achieving peaceful cohabitation in the region. MMN has been working with their partner members on a project entitled “Embracing Diversity” to explore the concept of living together. In this project, MMN has developed a set of four lesson plans on the history of migration. Designed for 10-12 year old children or students who are in 4th or 5th grade of primary school, the lessons aim to create acknowledgment among them that migration is a natural process of humankind and that we live in an interconnected global world. Through fun activities, interactive classroom discussions, and informative presentations, students will learn about the movement of people and the positive influences cultural diversity has upon our way of life. The lesson plans covers the following four topics: Lesson 1: Features of Migration Lesson 2: Migration on the Individual and Community Level Lesson 3: History of Migration in Greater Mekong Sub-Region Lesson 4: Global History of Migration. Each lesson is designed to take one hour. Each plan contains lesson objectives, layouts, and lists of reference materials to be used. They also include detailed breakdowns of each activity, including its steps, time, and teacher instructions. The lesson plans are available in English, Thai, Burmese, Khmer, Lao, Vietnamese and Japanese. Published October 2014.

Posted by Eliza Marks at Oct 31, 2014 09:39 AM |
Filed under: Perception of migrants
"I Already Bought You"

Human Rights Watch "I Already Bought You" Abuse and Exploitation of Female Migrant Domestic Workers in the United Arab Emirates This 79-page report documents how the UAE’s visa sponsorship system, known as kafala, and the lack of labor law protections leave migrant domestic workers exposed to abuse. Domestic workers, most from Asia and Africa, cannot move to a new job before their contracts end without the employer’s consent, trapping many in abusive conditions. Labor-sending countries don’t fully protect the workers against deceptive recruitment practices or provide adequate assistance to abused nationals abroad.

Posted by Eliza Marks at Oct 23, 2014 12:00 AM |
TED Talk - Dilip Ratha: The hidden force in global economics: sending money home

In 2013, international migrants sent $413 billion home to families and friends — three times more than the total of global foreign aid (about $135 billion). This money, known as remittances, makes a significant difference in the lives of those receiving it and plays a major role in the economies of many countries. Economist Dilip Ratha describes the promise of these “dollars wrapped with love” and analyzes how they are stifled by practical and regulatory obstacles.

Posted by Eliza Marks at Oct 20, 2014 12:26 PM |
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