Time of event

16:00–19:00 Tokyo time


Labor migration trends are usually defined by economic and policy conditions in destination countries. However, the usual drivers of migration have been disrupted by pandemic-related travel restrictions and economic shutdowns, especially in developing countries. As a result, migrant labor deployments have dropped significantly across Asia.

In many cases, migrant workers have been forced to return to their home countries or have even been unable to return to them. This has prompted governments to carry out large-scale repatriation measures and help returning migrant workers reintegrate into their communities.

Co-hosted by ADBI, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the International Labour Organization (ILO), the 11th Annual Roundtable on Labor Migration in Asia explored the impacts of market disruptions, including COVID-19, on labor migration in the region. It also examined policy responses, the role of technology, and the outlook for labor migration trends and management in Asia moving forward.

  • Assess the effects of COVID-19 on labor migration trends and management in Asia to support the development of effective medium and long-term policy responses
  • Examine the utilization of migration technology to help with COVID-19 recovery and improve the well-being of migrant workers
  • Promote regional cooperation as a mechanism for strengthening labor migration management
  • Senior government officials from Asian Development Bank (ADB) member economies and OECD member economies, as well as experts from ADBI, ADB, OECD, ILO, other think tanks, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations
  • Policy recommendations for enhancing labor migration management in Asia
  • Database of labor migration statistics and policies
  • Joint publication by ADBI, OECD, and ILO
  • Policy brief and blog based on the roundtable’s outcomes
  • Presentations delivered during the event will be made available on the ADBI website
How to register

By invitation or prior arrangement with ADBI.

  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • International Labour Organization

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