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Voices of Labour Migration: Interview Series

Voices of Labour Migration: Interview Series

During the 2014 International Labour Conference (ILC), the Labour Migration Branch of the ILO (MIGRANT) interviewed 17 ILC tripartite delegates for the new “Voices of Labour Migration” interview series. This initiative gives ILO constituents an opportunity to voice their views on fair migration and to share ideas on how their respective organizations, the ILO and the international community can advance the objectives of the ILO’s new Fair Migration Agenda. The complete set of interviews will be launched on the Labour Migration portal page soon. Ministers of Labour, the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants (SRHRM), François Crépeau, the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Sharan Burrow, and the Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), Brent Wilton, were among those sharing their views, alongside other tripartite constituents, civil society representatives and academics.

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Practitioner’s Manual for Migrant Workers: Pursuing Civil Claims in Singapore and from Abroad

Practitioner’s Manual for Migrant Workers: Pursuing Civil Claims in Singapore and from Abroad

Justice without Borders - Migrant workers who are victims of exploitation and human trafficking in Singapore struggle to bring claims against their abusers. Many cannot stay in the country to seek legal action, and going home almost always means going without compensation. Unscrupulous employers and brokers thus get away with theft or worse, and victims often go home poorer than when they arrived. JWB’s Practitioner’s Manual for Migrant Workers seeks to help those who go home to bring claims against their abusers in Singapore. Gathering the experiences and knowhow of local and international lawyers and advocates in the field, the manual guides legal and non-legal service providers through the process of seeking just compensation in Singapore courts on behalf of exploited migrant workers, including: What legal remedies are available for the most common forms of exploitation? From non-payment of wages to battery and sexual assault, the Practitioner’s Manual describes in detail what can be claimed in Singapore’s courts. How to bring these claims when a victim returns home? Many procedural and logistic hurdles stand between a victim and just compensation. The Practitioner’s Manual maps out these roadblocks and explains what is needed to overcome them. How to find a partner in the client’s home country—or in Singapore? For lawyers and NGO advocates in Singapore, finding a reliable partner in the victim’s home community is vital to keeping in contact and continuing the case in the victim’s absence. The Practitioner’s Manual describes the key organizations and individuals that advocates can reach out to, whether in Indonesia, the Philippines, or elsewhere. For advocates in the victim’s home country, finding a partner in Singapore is vital for helping returnees pursue their claims from abroad.

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ILO MIGRANT: Labour Migration Newsletter

ILO MIGRANT: Labour Migration Newsletter

Issue 1 Newsletter from ILO's Labour Migration Branch

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Setting an ILO Agenda for Fair Migration

Setting an ILO Agenda for Fair Migration

Migration across the globe is growing, in numbers, patterns and complexity. Change in the 21st century happens fast, and issues related to migration and work are keeping page. While striving to remain true to the values of social justice which underpin it's raison d'être, the International Labour Organization's response must also be in keeping with teh changes around the world. View the ILO's brochure, poster and inforgraphic on setting an ILO Agenda for Fair Migration.

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International Migration and Development in East Asia and the Pacific

International Migration and Development in East Asia and the Pacific

'International Migration and Development in East Asia and the Pacific' analyzes the impact of migration on development in the EAP region and examines how international migration should be managed in East Asia in a way that supports development goals while simultaneously protecting the rights of migrants. The study covers trends in international migration in East Asia and overarching regional issues such as the links between macroeconomic management and remittances and the role of demographic trends in migration; the economic impact of migration and remittances on labor-sending countries and labor-receiving countries; and the policies and institutions that govern migration.

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Forced labour in the production of electronic goods in Malaysia - A comprehensive Study of Scope and Characteristics

Forced labour in the production of electronic goods in Malaysia - A comprehensive Study of Scope and Characteristics

Verite - September 2014 - You might think about debt bondage in relation to making bricks in South Asia or building skyscrapers in the Middle East, not putting together the pieces of your newest mobile phone or laser printer in Malaysia. But if you are reading this on a tablet, smartphone or computer monitor, then you may be holding a product of forced labor. Verité’s two-year study of labor conditions in electronics manufacturing in Malaysia found that one in three foreign workers surveyed in Malaysian electronics was in a condition of forced labor. Because many of the most recognizable brands source components of their products from Malaysia, this means that virtually every device on the market today may have come in contact with modern-day slavery. Verité interviewed more than 500 male and female workers across all major producing regions, electronics products, and foreign worker nationalities. Malaysian nationals were also surveyed. The results of these extensive interviews indicate that forced labor is present in the Malaysian electronics industry in more than just isolated cases, and that the problem is indeed widespread. “Verité’s study is the most comprehensive look at forced labor in the Malaysian electronics sector to date,” Dan Viederman, CEO of Verité, remarked. “Our report provides a clear sense of the scope of the problem in the industry, as well as the root causes underlying this egregious form of abuse, which center on unlawful and unethical recruitment practices.” The report identifies the top factors responsible for making this sector prone to human rights abuses. According to Verité’s study, the widespread reliance on third-party agents for the recruitment, management and employment of foreign workers limits their protections and blurs accountability for labor conditions. Other top factors identified by the research as contributors to forced labor include unlawful passport retention, high and hidden recruitment fees resulting in widespread indebtedness that can trap workers in their jobs, deceptive recruitment practices, highly constrained freedom of movement, poor living conditions, fines and other penalties that prevent workers from being able to resign, and inadequate legal protections.

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Migration and Remittances: Recent Developments and Outlook

Migration and Remittances: Recent Developments and Outlook

World Bank - Remittances to developing countries are expected to top $436 billion in 2014. Viet Nam is one of the top 10 recipients of remittances - receiving $11 billion in 2013. Check out this great infographic from the World Bank to learn more about migration and remittances: http://go.worldbank.org/KOOTCMQ2Q0

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Lesson Plans on the History of Migration

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.

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 "I Already Bought You"

"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.

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Reinforcing ties: Enhancing contributions from Bangladeshi diaspora members

Reinforcing ties: Enhancing contributions from Bangladeshi diaspora members

The ability of the Bangladeshi Diaspora to adapt and become an integral part of their host community often makes people in Bangladesh feel that as their Diasporas age and take root in the host countries, their contribution to the country of origin declines. Findings from this study suggest that perception has been wrong. With enormous progress taking root across Bangladesh, the country has witnessed eagerness of its Diaspora to be a part of it. Bangladeshi Diaspora is uniquely positioned to contribute to boosting not only economic growth but also prosperity in other forms. Bangladeshi Diaspora has been making significant contributions in development of information communication technologies, promotion of education and training, and bringing some life-changing and quality enhancing innovations to Bangladesh.

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Bitter harvest: Exploitation and forced labour of migrant agricultural workers in South Korea

Bitter harvest: Exploitation and forced labour of migrant agricultural workers in South Korea

Migrant workers under the Employment Permit System (EPS) make up a substantial proportion of the agricultural workforce in South Korea. Their labour is important to the survival of farms throughout the country yet many unscrupulous employers have been allowed to exploit migrant workers with virtual impunity. This report reveals how the majority of migrants interviewed by Amnesty International were trafficked for exploitation and were working in conditions of forced labour. Until the rights of these migrants are protected in practice, the EPS will continue to be synonymous with a system of labour exploitation.

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TED Talk - Dilip Ratha: The hidden force in global economics: sending money home

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.

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TEDxLinz | Returning to your home and its difficulties | Andrea Götzelmann

TEDxLinz | Returning to your home and its difficulties | Andrea Götzelmann

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. After migrating in a foreign country, not only the migration itself can be a frustrating and challenging process, but also the return afterwards in the most cases is far from easy. Fulfilling expectations and coming home with full hands is a difficult task and for most migrants a nearly unachievable goal. Andrea Götzelmann shows us examples how it can work and explains necessary steps to support these hardworking people.

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Migrant Worker Resource Centre operations manual

Migrant Worker Resource Centre operations manual

The Migrant Worker Resource Centre operations manual has been developed and tested with service providers, trade unions and government officials and key stakeholders under the ILO GMS TRIANGLE project. This Migrant Worker Resource Centre operations manual is intended for any organization that provides, or wants to provide, services to migrant workers. The manual provides clear guidance on the establishment of a Migrant Worker Resource Centre and services to potential and returned migrants, and members of their families. The manual includes practical tools and templates for everyday use when providing and tracking services. The manual also includes suggested answers to questions frequently asked by potential and returned migrants and members of their families and service providers, about Cambodian workers’ rights and responsibilities and other aspects of living and working abroad. The manual discusses risks involved in migration, requirements for legal migration, questions about specific sectors, sending money home, culture, laws and policies, and accessing support services and complaints mechanisms in Cambodia and destination countries.

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Behind Closed Doors, Abuse of Domestic Workers

Behind Closed Doors, Abuse of Domestic Workers

"The women came from different countries with the same dream: to leave behind the poverty of their villages. But instead of working as domestic help, they found themselves in a kind of prison, employed by people who treated them like something less than human." Haunting photo series from photographer Steve McCurry and journalist Karen Emmons taken in shelters in Hong Kong, and in the womens' home countries of the Philippines, Indonesia and Nepal.

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TACDB Reading Exercises Book

TACDB Reading Exercises Book

As part of her volunteer placement with the Dear Burma school for migrant workers in Bangkok, Saphan Siang Youth Ambassador Pinsuda Suwanno created a 'Reading Excercise Book' for her students. The exercises aim to teach her students Thai language and their labour rights, through a series of drawings and activities. Pinsuda also created a list of relevant contact numbers and civil society organizations that migrant workers can contact if they need information or help.

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Gender and Migration form Bangladesh

Gender and Migration form Bangladesh

Mainstreaming Migration into the National Development plans from a Gender Perspective

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Reinforcing ties

Reinforcing ties

Enhancing contributions from Bangladeshi diaspora members

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Bringing it home - Temporary labour migration in the Pacific

Seasonal work in New Zealand picking fruit provides not only jobs for people from Pacific Island countries, but also opportunities to return home with new skills. The seasonal migration program has been designed together with trade unions, employers and the government to ensure that both migrating workers and farmers benefit. This and other successful labour migration schemes are being discussed at the International Conference on Small Island Developing States taking place in Samoa from September 1-4, 2014.

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Skilling the workforce

Skilling the workforce

Labour migration and skills recognition and certification in Bangladesh

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