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Bilateral Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding on Migration of Low Skilled Workers: A Review

Bilateral Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding on Migration of Low Skilled Workers: A Review

ILO instruments have long recognized the potential of bilateral cooperation in the good governance of labour migration flows, and in contributing to the protection of migrant workers. In the recent past, bilateral labour arrangements (BLAs) such as bilateral agreements (BAs) and Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) on labour migration have gained significance as tools to facilitate the cross-border movement of workers. Through a systematic comparison of BAs and MOUs on low-skilled labour migration across regions, and using a set of good practice criteria based on international standards and norms as a benchmark, ILO/KNOMAD research undertaken in 2014 throws light on major issues involved. It places particular emphasis on provisions ensuring good governance in facilitating labour migration processes, protecting human and labour rights of migrant workers, and reaping development benefits of migration.

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VIDEO: ASEAN TRIANGLE Financial Education Campaign in Singapore: Development, Implementation and Results

The ASEAN TRIANGLE Financial Education Course is designed to be conducted for migrant workers from the ASEAN region. It has been piloted in Singapore and will soon be implemented in Malaysia and Thailand. This video shows how the financial literacy materials were developed, tested, and used.

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VIDEO: ASEAN TRIANGLE Financial Education Course: Enhancing the Development Contribution of Migrant Workers

The ASEAN TRIANGLE Financial Education Course is designed to be conducted for migrant workers from the ASEAN region. It has been piloted in Singapore and will soon be implemented in Malaysia and Thailand. This video will be shown to migrant workers during their post-arrival orientation in Singapore to encourage them to enhance their financial literacy skills.

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ASEAN TRIANGLE Project Newsletter, July 2015

ASEAN TRIANGLE Project Newsletter, July 2015

Funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), the Tripartite Action for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers in the ASEAN Region (ASEAN TRIANGLE Project: ATP) is a five-year project that aims to promote and protect the rights of migrant workers. ATP works closely with ASEAN member states, ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN Trade Union Council (ATUC), and ASEAN Confederation of Employers (AEC). The project promotes both bilateral and regional and tripartite approaches by engaging workers, employers and governments to make regionalism more effective and support the capacity building of institutions in ASEAN.

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VIDEO: The International Labour Migration Statistics (ILMS) Database for ASEAN

VIDEO: The International Labour Migration Statistics (ILMS) Database for ASEAN

The International Labour Migration Statistics (ILMS) Database for ASEAN gathers all official government sources of data on the stocks and flows of migrant workers within the region, as well as on ASEAN country nationals who work abroad. The data are published as 'special collection' on ILO's central ILOSTAT Database portal. The database is intended to facilitate evidence-based policymaking at the national, bilateral and international levels. The International Labour Migration Statistics (ILMS) Database for ASEAN is an initiative of ILO's Canadian Government-funded project on Tripartite Action for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers in the ASEAN Region (ASEAN TRIANGLE Project).

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International standards related to dometic workers and women migrant workers

International standards related to dometic workers and women migrant workers

This booklet outlines the text of Domestic Workers Convention No. 189, Domestic Workers Recommendation No. 201 and CEDAW General Recommendation No. 26 on Women Migrant Workers. It is available in Khmer (forthcoming) and English. The booklet will serve as an educational and informational tool in the process towards ratification of the Convention of C189 in Cambodia.

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The Right to Health: Right to Health for Low-Skilled Labour Migrants in ASEAN Countries

The Right to Health: Right to Health for Low-Skilled Labour Migrants in ASEAN Countries

This report provides a comprehensive situational overview of low-skilled labour migration and labour migration governance within South-East Asia, alongside a review of the legal, social, and cultural factors affecting the right to health for migrant workers in the region. An overview of the international standards for the right to health, including their specific application to migrant workers, is included as context for this situational overview.

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Consultations with Labour Attachés and Consular Officials in Malaysia on the Protection of Migrant Workers

Consultations with Labour Attachés and Consular Officials in Malaysia on the Protection of Migrant Workers

One important measure for countries of origin in migration management and the protection of migrant workers is the appointment of labour attachés or consular officials in major countries of destination. As the first point of contact for migrant workers seeking assistance abroad, labour attachés and consular officials are required to vet prospective employers and contracts, respond to grievances and disputes, and facilitate the repatriation of citizens. In 2012, the ILO and the Bar Council Malaysia (BCM) Sub-Committee on Migrants, Refugees and Immigration Affairs3 collaborated in initiating and organizing a series of consultations for labour attachés and consular officials working in diplomatic missions of countries that deploy migrant workers to Malaysia. The practice has been replicated in Thailand, and has been shared with the relevant stakeholders in Singapore. This summary of discussions from the six consultations can serve as a reminder of the discussions and the recommendations, so that follow up action can be taken.

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Changing perceptions of migrants is a long-term challenge

Anna Olsen, Technical Officer for Tripartite Action to Protect the Rights of Migrant Workers, joined the ILO in Bangkok three years ago. She spoke with us about the latest initiative in Thailand to improve perceptions about migrant workers, which focuses on fostering long-term interactions with migrants in the community.

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Regular and irregular migrant workers in North Central Viet Nam: Findings from household surveys

Regular and irregular migrant workers in North Central Viet Nam: Findings from household surveys

New policy brief from the ILO Country Office for Viet Nam shows the profile of regular and irregular migrant workers in the northern centre part of the country. It represents the findings from household surveys carried out with more than 23,000 migrant workers in Thanh Hoa and Ha Tinh provinces in 2013.

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Improving Protections for Migrant Domestic Workers in Australia DISCUSSION PAPER

Improving Protections for Migrant Domestic Workers in Australia DISCUSSION PAPER

The Walk Free Foundation and the Salvation Army-Freedom Partnership to End Modern Slavery submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Workplace Relations Framework (Australia).

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The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Development

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Development

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Development provides a comprehensive statement and reference point for gender and development policy making and practice in an international and multi-disciplinary context. Specifically, it provides critical reviews and appraisals of the current state of gender and development and considers future trends. It includes theoretical and practical approaches as well as empirical studies. The international reach and scope of the Handbook and the contributors’ experiences allow engagement with and reflection upon these bridging and linking themes, as well as the examining the politics and policy of how we think about and practice gender and development. Organized into eight inter-related sections, the Handbook contains over 50 contributions from leading scholars, looking at conceptual and theoretical approaches, environmental resources, poverty and families, women and health related services, migration and mobility, the effect of civil and international conflict, and international economies and development. This Handbook provides a wealth of interdisciplinary information and will appeal to students and practitioners in Geography, Development Studies, Gender Studies and related disciplines.

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Guide on developing an international labour migration statistics database in ASEAN: Towards more effective data collection and sharing

Guide on developing an international labour migration statistics database in ASEAN: Towards more effective data collection and sharing

The guideline provides an overview of the process undertaken in developing the current International Labour Migration Statistics (ILMS) Database in ASEAN, identifies outstanding gaps in the international work in this area, and presents a number of recommendations for improving data collection and collaboration on international labour migration in ASEAN. It seeks to serve as a reference for future data collection efforts in ASEAN and beyond – in building and sustaining unilateral as well as other regional databases. In validating, annotating, and gathering together the quantitative findings from the relevant surveys and administrative records produced in ASEAN, the ILMS Database fills an important knowledge gap for national and regional policy-makers and for the broader research community.

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Recruitment Monitoring and Migrant Welfare Assistance: What works?

Recruitment Monitoring and Migrant Welfare Assistance: What works?

This report, commissioned by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), examines existing recruitment monitoring mechanisms and compiles good practices of the Colombo Process (CP) countries and key destination States. The report also reviews current provisions for migrant welfare assistance for CP nationals in origin, transit and destination countries. The report concludes with a proposal for a framework to measure the effectiveness of recruitment monitoring. As we approach the new targets for human development that will be set in the “post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals”, it is more important than ever to make ethical recruitment and migrant wellbeing important cornerstones of labour migration policies in the CP region and throughout the world.Three factual points support this imperative.

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CIETT Code of Conduct

CIETT Code of Conduct

During its gathering in Rome last week, the Ciett General Assembly adopted its new Code of Conduct. In a process overseen by Aart van der Gaag, Ciett's Quality Standards and Compliance Officer of the Executive Committee, the set of rules sketching out common values to be shared among Members has been revised in order to better reflect ongoing efforts on fair recruitment at the international level. A key driver for this reform has been indeed Ciett's active engagement in the ILO's Fair Recruiment Initiative and its firm endorsement of the ILO's Convention n.181 on Private Employment Agencies. The reach of the ten key principles expressed in the Code, lying at the basis of its first section, have been widened. They now appeal not only to Ciett members, but to private employment services in general, so as to allow practitioners in the field to identify with the Code's values more smoothly and easily. This has also enabled a more suited approach to the specificities of the party addressed, be it a national federation or a corporate member. Furthermore, the concept of some of the principles has been enriched, as in the case of Principle 1, in which the prohibition of forced labour has been made more robust via additional language, and Principle 3 on non fee-charging. Finally, the new Code of Conduct foresees a compliance and complaints mechanism, providing a sounder framework about responsibilities at the different levels, and outlining a clearer procedural path for complaints.

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International Labour Migration Statistics - A Guide for Policymakers and Statistics Organizations in the Pacific

International Labour Migration Statistics - A Guide for Policymakers and Statistics Organizations in the Pacific

This report has been produced as part of the Pacific Climate Change and Migration (PCCM) Project entitled, ‘Enhancing the Capacity of Pacific Island Countries to Manage the Impacts of Climate Change on Migration’. The PCCM Project is a three-year project (2013-2016) funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and the International Labour Organization (ILO) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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 ILO: ASEAN TRIANGLE Project (ATP), Newsletter, Issue 5, May 2015

ILO: ASEAN TRIANGLE Project (ATP), Newsletter, Issue 5, May 2015

Funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), the Tripartite Action for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers in the ASEAN Region (ASEAN TRIANGLE Project: ATP) is a five-year project that aims to promote and protect the rights of migrant workers.

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Be informed! Your ticket to decent work and safe migration : a catalogue of selected services for health professionals, skilled and other migrants

Be informed! Your ticket to decent work and safe migration : a catalogue of selected services for health professionals, skilled and other migrants

This directory of services to health professionals and skilled workers contains basic information about the various phases of the migration journey: predeparture, on-site and return to the Philippines. It is intended for Filipino health professionals and other skilled workers who are considering taking up employment overseas. It seeks to empower health workers to make informed decisions. For anyone considering migration, accessing the right information at the right time is the best way to remain in control of the migration experience and a guarantee for a positive migration experience.

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Decent work for women: an infographic for International Workers' Day 2015

Decent work for women: an infographic for International Workers' Day 2015

Drawing on data from the recently released UN Women flagship report "Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016: Transforming economies, realizing rights", this infographic provides a vision for women's right to work, and rights at work.

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