Labor Migration in Asia: Trends, Skills Certification, and Seasonal Work

Publication | May 2024

Labor migration is a key feature in sustaining the development of many economies in Asia.

This report is based on the discussions at the 13th ADBI-OECD-ILO Roundtable on Labor Migration in Asia: Integrating Skills Development and Certification into the Labor Migration Cycle, held on 27–28 June 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand. The annual roundtable brings together labor experts and policy makers from across Asia to discuss trends in labor migration and emerging policy and issues on migrant workers.

Chapter 1 analyzes labor migration flows in Asia and relevant policy developments, including a section on the flow and cost of remittances. Chapter 2 looks at the pathways for middle-skilled migration and the accompanying skills recognition or certification approaches in Singapore and Thailand, focusing on the construction sector. Chapter 3 examines programs for seasonal workers in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom and how they relate to other programs for migrant workers in agriculture. The chapter also provides an overview of seasonal migrant worker options in the agriculture sector in Japan and the Republic of Korea, and Thai seasonal workers in Nordic countries.

Statistical annexes provide updated economy-specific notes and comparative tables on country-level migration flows.


Additional Details

  • Capacity development
  • Governance and public sector management
  • Social development and protection
  • ISBN 978-4-89974-305-7 (Print)
  • ISBN 978-4-89974-306-4 (PDF)

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