• Roundtable Explores Labor Migration Trends and Mechanisms for Promoting Equitable Development in Asia and the Pacific

Roundtable Explores Labor Migration Trends and Mechanisms for Promoting Equitable Development in Asia and the Pacific

ADBI News Release | 03 June 2024
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Tokyo, Japan – Coinciding with the publication of a new report, an event in Tokyo on 28-29 May explored the evolving landscape of labor migration in Asia and the Pacific.

Co-hosted by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the International Labour Organization (ILO), the annual roundtable gathered government officials and experts to discuss recent migration trends, changing demand for skills, and frameworks to protect migrants.

“While there is a growing recognition of the significant contribution of labor migration to the international labor force and economic growth in Asia, further precaution is needed for safeguarding vulnerable migrant workers,” said ADBI Vice Chair of Research Dil Rahut in his opening remark.

“I hope this two-day roundtable will help spotlight mechanisms to strengthen social protection for migrants and alleviate risks on them often placed in the conditions which are getting more challenging with climate change and excessive weather patterns.”

Drawing on regional best practices and experiences, participants assessed fair recruitment, schemes to upskill workers to meet the needs of recipient countries, and the implication of digitalization on remittances.

A session on the maritime industry highlighted the sector’s efforts to train and protect the rights of seafarers.

At the end of the event, participants joined a site visit to the Foreign Residents Support Center (FRESC) run by the Japanese government’s Immigration Services Agency.

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