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A Raw Deal: Abuses of Thai Workers in Israel’s Agricultural Sector

A Raw Deal: Abuses of Thai Workers in Israel’s Agricultural Sector

Thai agricultural workers in Israel face serious labor rights abuses because Israeli authorities are failing to enforce their own laws, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Israeli authorities should take immediate steps to improve its enforcement mechanisms and investigate whether unsatisfactory living and working conditions have contributed to a troubling pattern of deaths among migrant workers from Thailand.

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Regulating recruitment of migrant workers: An assessment of complaint mechanisms in Thailand

Regulating recruitment of migrant workers: An assessment of complaint mechanisms in Thailand

This report provides the findings of an analysis of the legal framework and the complaint mechanisms for workers with grievances to seek redress - and puts forward recommendations for strengthening the system.

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A primer on ILO CONVENTION No. 189 (Domestic Workers Convention) & RA 10361 Domestic Workers Act (Batas Kasambahay)

A primer on ILO CONVENTION No. 189 (Domestic Workers Convention) & RA 10361 Domestic Workers Act (Batas Kasambahay)

Often performed by family members, particularly women, domestic work is neither recognized as a formal component of the economy nor properly compensated. When done by hired labour, it is often not included in the labour laws of the country. Therefore, domestic workers do not enjoy the full protection of labour laws and they are often underpaid and asked to work extra time. In order to better inform domestic workers of their rights, the Philippine Migrants Rights Watch (PMRW), with the support of the International Labour Organization’s ASEAN TRIANGLE project, has developed this educational booklet on Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers and RA 10361 otherwise known as Batas Kasambahay or Domestic Workers Law.

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Referral Directory: Services for Labour Migrants and Survivors of Trafficking (Cambodia 2014)

Referral Directory: Services for Labour Migrants and Survivors of Trafficking (Cambodia 2014)

This Referral Directory 2014 is an important tool for national & regional social workers, border authorities, and community-based service providers working with Cambodian migrants & trafficked persons and aims to assist these stakeholders to make appropriate and effective referrals for their clients.

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2014 GMG Publication on Migration and Youth: Challenges and Opportunities

2014 GMG Publication on Migration and Youth: Challenges and Opportunities

This Thematic Report by the Global Migration Group (GMG) offers a comprehensive overview of the many facets of youth migration, from contexts of rural marginalization and environmental degradation where many young migrants begin their journey to the challenges they face in countries of destination, such as realising their rights, accessing decent work and social protection. It discusses a range of specific issues, ranging from employment to gender to health, education and participation. The report is intended as an action-oriented contribution to the migration policy debate. In addition to elaborating on perspectives of 12 UN bodies with GMG membership, it also includes chapters prepared by the OECD, scholars, and non-governmental organisations devoted to youth and migration issues. Going beyond a rich and thorough background introduction, chapters include examples of good practices, succinct messages and concrete, forward-thinking policy options for realising the opportunities offered by youth migration.

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A ‘Freer’ Flow of Skilled Labour within ASEAN: Aspirations, Opportunities, and Challenges in 2015 and Beyond

A ‘Freer’ Flow of Skilled Labour within ASEAN: Aspirations, Opportunities, and Challenges in 2015 and Beyond

This issue in brief, the eleventh in a series by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) and the International Organization for Migration's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, explores ASEAN Member States’ goals versus the challenges they face. It also examines the opportunities the region could stand to lose now and in the future if these challenges remain unmet. While the agreement sounds promising on paper, realities on the ground—including the fact that around 87 percent of intra-ASEAN migrants are low-skilled workers, the prevalence of irregular migration in this region, and the flow imbalances among states—could complicate realization of the AEC's already limited aspirations.

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Interregional Expert’s Meeting on Realizing a Fair Migration Agenda: Labour Flows between Asia and the Arab States

A two day Inter-regional Experts Meeting on Realizing a Fair Migration Agenda: Labour Flows between Asia and the Arab States was held on 3-4 December 2014, in Kathmandu Nepal. The meeting was an opportunity for scholars, officials, employers and trade unionists to examine – in an informal setting – the potential for reform and discuss ways forward on a Fair Migration Agenda. Read more about the outcomes of the event and the next steps in the attached document.

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Verite eLearning - Forced Labour

Verite eLearning - Forced Labour

This eLearning course on forced labor in the global economy is the first of several tools Verite will provide to fight modern slavery. The course is designed for business and other stakeholders to help them better understand what forced labor is, how to identify it, and what to do to stop it.

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OECD - International Migration Outlook 2014

OECD - International Migration Outlook 2014

This flagship publication on migration analyses recent developments in migration movements and policies in OECD countries and selected non-OECD countries. This edition also contains two special chapters on "The labour market integration of immigrants and their children: developing, activating and using skills" and "Managing labour migration: Smart policies to support economic growth". It also includes Country notes and a Statistical Annex. This special edition is launched at the occasion of the High-level Policy Forum on Migration (Paris, 1-2 December 2014).

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The Kuwait Declaration

The Third Ministerial Consultation of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue, The Kuwait Declaration, Kuwait, 27 November 2014

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SAARC Kathmandu Declaration

SAARC Kathmandu Declaration

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) HEADS OF STATE OR GOVERNMENT, EIGHTEENTH MEETING, Kathmandu, 26-27 November 2014.

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Labour Migration for Employment: A Status Report for Nepal: 2013/2014

Labour Migration for Employment: A Status Report for Nepal: 2013/2014

Report from Government of Nepal, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Department of Foreign Employment outlining background; laws, policies and structural mechanisms; overview of the status of labour migration in Nepal; and achievements, gaps, challenges and the way forward.

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Migration in South-East Asia Policy Brief - Migration and Children

Policy brief outlining international standards, regional trends and good practices on migration and children

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Migration in South-East Asia Policy Brief - Migration and Domestic Work

Policy brief outlining international standards, regional trends and good practices on migration and domestic work

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Migration in South-East Asia Policy Brief - Migration and Work in Fishing

Policy brief outlining international standards, regional trends and good practices on migration and work in fishing.

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Migration in South-East Asia Policy Brief - Migration and HIV and AIDS

Policy brief outlining international standards, regional trends and good practices, on migration and HIV and AIDS.

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Migration in South-East Asia Policy Brief - Migration and Irregular Status and Deportation

Policy brief outlining international standards, regional trends and good practices, on migration and irregular status and deportation.

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7th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour - Recommendations

7th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour - Recommendations

The 7th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour which carried the theme “Towards the ASEAN Community by 2015 with enhanced measures to protect and promote the rights of migrant workers” was held 20-21 November 2014 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Representatives of the governments, employers’ organisations, workers’ organisations, and civil society organisations from ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Secretariat, International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), 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. Guided by the relevant international labour standards, the participants agreed to recommend 20 concrete measures to promote and protect the rights and address the specific vulnerabilities of men and women migrant workers in the region particularly in relation to fulfillment of the commitments of ASEAN Member States in Article 8 and 13 of the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers.

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Migration in South-East Asia Policy Brief - Migration and Trade Unions

Policy brief outlining international standards, regional trends and good practices, on migration and trade unions.

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