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Safeguarding the Rights of Asian Migrant Workers from Home to the Workplace

Publication | February 2017
Safeguarding the Rights of Asian Migrant Workers from Home to the Workplace

This book reviews recent regional migration trends, highlights the growing number of labor migrants in Asia and examines the policy question of how to best safeguard their rights.

This report points to the growing number of labor migrants in Asia and examines the policy question of how to best safeguard their rights. Governments and stakeholders in both origin and destination countries have largely recognized their mutual interest in safeguarding labor migrants. Multilateral frameworks have also put this in focus, with safe and orderly migration seen as important. This report examines some of the key policy questions in protecting migrant workers, including how to promote fair recruitment of less-skilled workers, and how to address vulnerable groups such as irregular migrants and domestic workers.

The four chapters in this report draw on issues raised and discussed during the Sixth Roundtable on Labor Migration in Asia: Safeguarding Labor Migrants from Home to Workplace that was held in Tokyo from 3 to 5 February 2016. The event brought together regional experts and policy makers and was co-organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the International Labour Organization.

The report’s introductory chapter reviews recent regional migration trends. Two statistical annexes provide an overview of migration flows within Asia and between Asia and other regions.

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Contents 

  • Trends in Labor Migration in Asia
    • Introduction
    • Asia and Global Migration Patterns
    • Labor Migration Flows from Asia to Gulf Cooperation Council Countries
    • Migration Flows from Asia to OECD Countries
    • Labor Market Situation of Asian Immigrants in Australia, Europe, and the United States
    • International Mobility of Students to and from Asia
    • Remittance Flows to Asia
    • Conclusion
  • Fair Recruitment for Low-Skilled Migrant Workers: Issues and Challenges
    • Introduction
    • International Labor Standards
    • Current Systems of Recruitment in Countries of Origin and Destination
    • Way Forward
  • Addressing Irregular Migration and Violations of Migrant Workers’ Rights
    • Introduction
    • International Standards and Frameworks
    • Irregular Labor Migration
    • Migration Policy Making
    • Actions and Measures against Illegal Employment of Migrant Workers
    • Amnesty and Regularization
    • Protection in Policy and Practice
    • Conclusions
  • From Domestic Work to Care Work: Governance Challenges
    • Migration, Domestic Work, and Home-Based Care: Making the Connection
    • Investing in the Care Economy
    • International Governance Challenges in the Care Economy
    • Conclusions