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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mainstreaming Migration into the National Development plans from a Gender Perspective
Enhancing contributions from Bangladeshi diaspora members
Labour migration and skills recognition and certification in Bangladesh
Causes of and potential redress for high recruitment and migration costs in Bangladesh
August 2014 - Check out latest updates from the AP Migration portal, news and featured resources from the world of migration.
27 August 2014 - ILO. This catalogue gives an overview of the most important ILO knowledge resources and policy tools. Next to a short abstract you will find information about the languages the publication is available in. The resources are grouped by categories.
Results and highlights from 2012-2013 of the ILO Asia-Pacific labour migration programme to protect women and men migrant workers and promote effective governance of labour migration
Good practices on the role of trade unions in protecting and promoting the rights of migrant workers in Asia
August 2014 - ILO. This report documents selected good practices of trade union actions taken place in Cambodia, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, China, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
August 2014 - ILO. This study focuses on remittance channels and services in the Republic of Korea and their associated cost,accessibility, reliability, speed, and transparency.
2014 - International Centre for Parliamentary Studies. This ICPS programme challenges participants to further their knowledge of the role that corruption plays within development and trains them to manage the challenges of tackling fraud, financial crime and transnational crime.
August 2014 - This publication provides an overview of recent economic and labour market trends in ASEAN, based on official national and international sources. It examines the impact of the ASEAN Economic Community on labour markets through model simulations and empirical and policy analyses, with the aim of offering evidence-based policy recommendations towards fostering better jobs and inclusive and balanced growth. The report highlights key priorities to address the challenges and opportunities of the AEC in terms of strengthening regional cooperation mechanisms, facilitating structural change and improving job quality, enhancing skills development, boosting productivity and wages, and managing labour migration.
Fargues Philippe, 2014. Immigration has polarised European politics for decades. There have been defenders and opponents of migration into Europe, and it has often been the matter of acrimonious debate. In recent years, however, the dispute between the two groups often seems to have largely vanished. If the opinion that migration is a threat rather than an asset prevails, there is a risk that European States will forego the benefits of immigration. In doing so, it will undermine Europe’s recovery from the crisis and, ultimately, its position of importance in the world. However, if the consensus shifts and European societies come to see migration as a dynamic and positive force, then migration and migrants can and will help these societies better prepare for future challenges. In order to ground the debate in current evidence, and to counteract populist stereotypes, the MPC’s experts re-think eight migration stereotypes in the light of MPC’s research and broader academic scholarship.
July 2014 - Qatar Foundation. This 160 page study examines the rights of low-skilled migrant workers to Qatar, with the current recruitment and employment system. It makes a range of recommendations for improving migrant workers' conditions in Qatar.
2014 - Gulf Labor’s “52 Weeks” is a one year campaign featuring a weekly piece of art, text, action or event relating to the exploitation of migrant laborers building the Guggenheim, Louvre, and Sheikh Zayed National Museums in Abu Dhabi.