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6th ADBI-OECD-ILO Roundtable on Labor Migration in Asia: Safeguarding Labor Migrants from Home to Workplace

Event | 3 - 5 February 2016 ADBI, Tokyo, Japan

Post-event statement

Gabriela Ramos, OECD chief of staff, stressed the importance of regional and international cooperation in support of labor migration during the 6th Annual OECD-ILO-ADBI Roundtable on Labor Migration in Asia. Government official and speakers from 20 countries attended the event and focused on the theme “Safeguarding Workers from Home to Workplace.” A key finding of the discussion was that even if governments of the sending countries do their best to protect workers going abroad, these workers will face hardship if they are not protected by labor standards in the destination countries.

Purpose

To share experiences and policy ideas to protect and safeguard the rights of Asian migrant workers, ensure fair recruitment, and support decent working conditions.

Background

The roundtable will focus on safeguarding the rights of international migrant workers, including fair recruitment and the promotion of good working conditions. The special sector session will focus on care workers (those who work in homes, such as maids, child and elderly care workers, and others).

Since 2011, ADBI and OECD have organized annual roundtables on labor migration. More recently, ILO has become an equal partner. Migration is an important issue in Asia as large numbers of workers move between countries in the region and to other destinations beyond Asia to find better employment to support themselves and their families. The flow of migrants has often been from less developed countries with younger and expanding populations to more developed countries with older populations. Labor migration helps even out the supply and demand for workers and support both economic development and improved income distribution.

Objectives

  • Update the trends and outlook for labor migration in Asia
  • Better understand how to improve national policies to protect and safeguard the rights of migrant workers
  • Better understand the role of government and institutions in safeguarding the rights and ensuring decent working conditions for migrant workers

Participants

Senior and mid-level officials from 15 Asian countries from agencies responsible for migration policy. A total of about 40 participants, including experts, are expected.

Participant responsibilities

Actively join discussions and share views and experiences.

Output

  • Better understanding of how to improve national policies on cross-border migration for sending and receiving countries
  • Updating the trends and outlook for labor migration in Asia for 2014-2015
  • Assessing labor market requirements for foreign workers
  • Promoting closer cooperation among key stakeholders involved in labor migration
  • Presentation materials produced and uploaded to the ADBI website

How to register

By invitation only.

Language

English

Partners

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (International Migration Division), International Labour Organization (Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Thailand)

Time of event

9:00 – 17:30