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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Fact sheet on the ASEAN TRIANGLE Project-developed International Labour Migration Statistics Database for ASEAN
This brief provides a summary of the discussions that took place at the Indonesia country-level consultation of the UN ECOSOC 2015 Integration Segment on the theme of “Achieving Sustainable Development through Employment Creation and Decent Work for All,” Jakarta 24-25 Februari 2015.
This video describes the human trafficking ring behind the former recruitment agency Giant Ocean International Limited, now accused and convicted for human trafficking in Cambodia. USAID’s Counter Trafficking In Persons Program supports 97 victims in this case, which one of the few cases in the world where a licensed recruiting agency has been prosecuted under a Trafficking In Persons law for trafficking men on fishing vessels.
The report Migrant Smuggling in Asia: Current Trends and Related Challenges analyses the smuggling of migrants in 28 states from the Middle East to the Pacific and finds that criminal networks are creatively exploiting gaps between demand and regular migration, with smuggling fees to get to some destinations now reported as high as USD $50,000. The report also stresses that a significant number of migrants use smugglers to cross borders in order to seek a better life, but end up in human trafficking situations. Far away from home and working illegally, smuggled migrants have little ability to assert basic rights and become vulnerable to abuse, trafficking and exploitation.
Multi-stakeholders process initiated by the ILO to harmonize data collection worldwide and generate better prevalence data.
Twenty years after the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, and at a time when the global community is defining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the post-2015 era, the global consensus on the need to achieve gender equality seems stronger than ever before. Empowering women and girls is among the goals aspired to by all, from grassroots organizations, trade unions and corporations, to Member States and intergovernmental bodies. But how far has this consensus been translated into tangible progress on the ground, and what more is needed to bridge the gaps between rhetoric and reality?
"Migration experiences of Lao workers deported from Thailand in 2013" draws on a data set collected at the Wang Tao–Chong Mek border crossing in 2013 involving 128 deportees. Frequent comparisons are made with the results of the Cambodia report above, where possible.
"Migration experiences of Cambodian workers deported from Thailand in 2009, 2010 & 2012" draws on three data sets collected in 2009, 2010 and 2012, and thereby allows for the analysis of trends over time in the migration experiences of Cambodian workers deported from Thailand, including potential cases of human trafficking.
Anti-Trafficking Review, No 4 (2015): Fifteen Years of the UN Trafficking Protocol. 2015 marks the 15th anniversary of the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children. Is this a time to celebrate progress or has the Protocol caused more problems than it has solved? What changes are taking place on the ground, after 15 years of building anti-trafficking into government, NGO and INGO programming? How do those who negotiated the Protocol view it now? What aspects of the Protocol’s definition of trafficking continue to be problematic or controversial? As well as reviewing legal frameworks around trafficking and related human rights abuses, this issue examines how the Protocol can be more useful in the decades ahead to people who are trafficked, as well as to women, migrants and workers who are also affected by anti-trafficking policy.
Migration and Remittances: Recent Developments and Outlook. Special Topic: Financing for Development