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Around 800 migrant workers quarantined at institutions

The Hindu, India, 17 May 2020 - Around 800 migrant workers, who have travelled to Madurai from other parts of the country during the lockdown, are quarantined at 13 institutions across the district.

Posted by Site Admin at May 20, 2020 09:48 PM |
The walk of indignity: How migrant workers are being exploited on their way back home

The News Minute, India, 17 May 2020 - Three months ago, 21-year-old Anuji Baskey was flipping burgers and making sandwiches as a ‘Master’ at a restaurant in Thrissur, Kerala. With the little money he made, he was able to survive and send some money back home to his parents in Jharkhand, who he says are poor farm workers. “We all have the same story,” he says with a quivering voice, “we left home to make money and support our families. Now we are at their mercy to return home, they have had to send us money,” he says, sitting on a pavement in Moore Market, just behind Chennai Central railway station.

Posted by Site Admin at May 20, 2020 09:46 PM |
Coronavirus lockdown: if India treats its migrant workers like dirt, blame it on caste

South China Morning Post, India, 17 May 2020 - All governments like to make pious noises about the poor, democratically elected ones even more so. Even if they are run by elites with little genuine interest in the well-being of the unwashed, they at least put up a show of caring. It’s not just virtue-signalling, it’s survival. Which is what makes India’s handling of the coronavirus lockdown so baffling. The political leadership of the world’s biggest democracy these days doesn’t even pretend that it cares about the poor working class.

Posted by Site Admin at May 20, 2020 09:44 PM |
Coronavirus: Two migrant workers taught me human values

The Straits Times, Singapore, 17 May 2020 - I realised recently that I've never had a real conversation with a migrant worker, not one where we talk to each other as equals.

Posted by Site Admin at May 20, 2020 09:40 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 |
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 |
New tool for labour migration researchers and policy makers

Visit the ILO’s global database of over 90 national laws, policies and regulations that have defined recruitment fees and related costs.

Posted by Site Admin at Mar 04, 2020 12:00 AM |
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