March edition of the AP Migration Community Update, highlighting news, updates and resources from our network.
Progress of the implementation of recommendations adopted at the 3rd – 8th ASEAN Forums on Migrant Labour
Background paper to the 9th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML)
This report points to the growing number of labor migrants in Asia and examines the policy question of how to best safeguard their rights. Governments and stakeholders in both origin and destination countries have largely recognized their mutual interest in safeguarding labor migrants. Multilateral frameworks have also put this in focus, with safe and orderly migration seen as important. This report examines some of the key policy questions in protecting migrant workers, including how to promote fair recruitment of less-skilled workers, and how to address vulnerable groups such as irregular migrants and domestic workers. The four chapters in this report draw on issues raised and discussed during the Sixth Roundtable on Labor Migration in Asia: Safeguarding Labor Migrants from Home to Workplace that was held in Tokyo from 3 to 5 February 2016. The event brought together regional experts and policy makers and was co-organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the International Labour Organization. The report’s introductory chapter reviews recent regional migration trends. Two statistical annexes provide an overview of migration flows within Asia and between Asia and other regions.
A Bimonthly Journal for and by Policymakers Worldwide
January edition of the AP Migration Community Update, highlighting news, updates and resources from our network.
Presentation: The 7th ADBI-ADB- OECD-ILO Roundtable on Labour Migration in Asia: Finance and Technology to Increase the Positive Impact of Migration on Home Countries, 18 - 19 January 2017, Manila, the Philippines By Nilim Baruah, Senior Migration Specialist, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Worker, helper, auntie, maid? : Working conditions and attitudes experienced by migrant domestic workers in Thailand and Malaysia
Domestic workers, the vast majority of whom are women and girls, make a critical contribution to societies and economies across the world. Still, domestic work is typically not regarded as work and is often excluded from full protection under labour legislation and social security provisions. It is usually carried out for private households, often without clear terms of employment, leaving workers vulnerable to abuse. Furthermore, domestic work is increasingly done by migrant workers, who may be further disadvantaged by restrictive migration laws and difficult recruitment, emigration and admission procedures. While existing research has focused on the extent of legal protection and employment conditions of migrant domestic workers, research on attitudes and behaviours towards domestic workers is in its nascence. To obtain more knowledge on the link between attitudes – of both employers and the public – and the working conditions experienced by migrant domestic workers, the ILO and UN Women partnered with the University of Oxford Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) to carry out innovative research in Thailand and Malaysia. The study provides important insights on domestic workers’ perceived role as both family members and workers, and how this affects everything from working hours to wages, freedom of movement and association, and access to social protection. The report concludes with recommendations for policy makers, employers, civil society and the media on how they can contribute to improving the situation of migrant domestic workers in Thailand and Malaysia.
This study presents the experiences of women migrant workers in the Thai construction sector and was commissioned to address the knowledge gap on the employment conditions of these workers. The hope of this exploratory study is to pave the way for a broader sectoral assessment of the Thai construction sector. Despite being a vital part of the construction sector, women migrant workers are marginalized within this male-dominated industry. Women work in a precarious working environment with inadequate documentation and where they are not paid or treated equally to men or Thai nationals. This paper identifies specific decent work deficits and gender-specific challenges, and the qualitative findings and centrality of workers’ voices in the study’s design and findings shed crucial light on the experience of migrant women workers in the construction industry.
This publication presents the info-graphic for the working conditions and attitudes experienced by women migrant domestic workers in Thailand and Malaysia.
Many countries around the world are at the onset of a care crisis: with the ageing of the population, and continually increasing rates of female labour participation, families are increasingly turning to domestic workers to care for their homes, children, and ageing parents. While an increasing share of domestic work is part of the formal economy, domestic work remains one of the sectors with the highest share of informal employment. This new ILO report calls for a combination of incentives and compliance to reduce high levels of informality in domestic work.
“Promoting decent work through good governance, protection and empowerment of migrant workers: Ensuring the effective implementation of the Sri Lanka National Labour Migration Policy” Phase III
November edition of the AP Migration Community Update, highlighting news, updates and resources from our network.
This report is part of a broader ILO strategy to promote Decent Work for Domestic Workers. It builds on knowledge generated in the context of the European Union-funded Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and their Families (2013–2016).
The 9th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour on the theme “Better Quality of Life for ASEAN Migrant Workers through Strengthened Social Protection” was held on 9-10 November 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. Representatives of the governments, employers’ organizations, workers’ organizations, and civil society organizations from ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Secretariat, International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), ASEAN Confederation of Employers (ACE), ASEAN Trade Union Council (ATUC), ASEAN Services Employees Trade Union Council (ASETUC), and the Task Force for ASEAN Migrant Workers (TFAMW) participated in the Forum. Representatives of the Government of Australia, the Government of Canada and the Government of Switzerland were present as observers.
This note details key demographic dynamics already impacting the future of work as well as two significant trends in the labour market – unpaid work and labour migration – that create global policy opportunities in light of those demographic changes.
Report of the Director-General Fourth Supplementary Report: Outcome of the Meeting of Experts on Fair Recruitment (Geneva, 5–7 September 2016)
The document provides information on the tripartite Meeting of Experts on Fair Recruitment that took place in Geneva from 5 to 7 September 2016. It contains the outcome of the meeting, General Principles and Operational Guidelines on Fair Recruitment, in the appendix. The Governing Body is invited to authorize the Director-General to publish and disseminate the general principles and operational guidelines and to take them into consideration when drawing up proposals for future work of the Office on these matters (see draft decision in paragraph 6).
Presentation by Seeta Sharma, ILO, New Delhi at the Conference on Safe and Legal Migration, Overseas Employment organized by Government of Telangana
From Pakistan to the Gulf region: An analysis of links between labour markets, skills and the migration cycle
This report examines the linkages between labour demand, skills and the recruitment process with a focus on low-skilled migration from Pakistan to the Gulf Cooperation Council.
All journalists are encouraged to apply to the Global Media Competition "Breaking Stereotypes on Labour Migration". Interested journalists can register here: http://www.ilo.org/global/topics/labour-migration/events-training/WCMS_405359/lang--en/index.htm