To better understand labor migration trends, the impact of labor migration, and labor migration management (both skilled and low-skilled migrant workers). To promote international cooperation in labor migration markets.


Since 2011 ADBI in cooperation with OECD has organized an annual roundtable on labor migration. In more recent years the ILO has also been a 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 to even out the supply and demand for workers and support both economic development and improved income distribution.

This year's event focuses on the institutions and migration governance in both sending and receiving countries to support the flow of migrants. These institutions help to ensure that migration is legal, that migrants receive quality support and information about the migration process and that their rights are respected.

The 2015 Policy Dialogue will focus on trends and outlooks for labor migration, remittances and labor demand in Asia in 2013 and 2014. This will be followed by a session on labor migration infrastructure and services in destination countries. The second day of the Roundtable will focus on labor migration infrastructure and services in origin countries, a session on international cooperation to manage labor migration, and conclude with a session on managing labor migration including a case study on the construction sector. The event will take place in the People's Republic of China and a special session on migration related to that country will be included.


  • Update the trends and outlook for labor migration in Asia in 2013-2014
  • Better understand how to improve national policies on cross-border migration
  • Better understand the role of institutions in promoting international migration


The target audience will be comprised of senior and mid-level officials from agencies responsible for migration policy and/or from economic ministries. Two participants will likely be invited from each of the following 12 countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the People's Republic of China, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

Participant responsibilities

Active participation in workshop.


  • Better understanding of how to improve national policies on cross-border migration for sending and receiving countries
  • Updating the trends and outlook for labour migration in Asia for 2013-2014
  • Assessing labour market requirements for foreign workers
  • Promoting closer cooperation among key stakeholders involved in labor migration
  • Presentation materials produced and uploaded on ADBI website

How to register

By invitation only.




Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (International Migration Division), International Labour Organization (Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Thailand), Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center, Ministry of Finance, PRC, Shanghai

Time of event

9:00 - 12:00

Event Contact