Skilled Labor Mobility and Migration: Challenges and Opportunities for the ASEAN Economic Community

Publication | August 2019

This book discusses the importance of the free movement of skilled workers in Southeast Asia. It assesses current challenges and opportunities and suggests a range of enabling policy measures.

Demographic changes, urbanization, and rapid technological advances are disrupting labor markets across the region and have spurred demand for new, more specialized skills. One of the primary objectives of the ASEAN Economic Community is to encourage skilled labor mobility to address shortages, promote knowledge transfer, and boost productivity. This book examines the current situation, trends, challenges, and opportunities in the region. It includes analysis of the economic impact of free skilled-labor flows on specific sectors and the broader economy. It is copublished by ADB and Edward Elgar Publishing.


  • Trends and patterns in intra-ASEAN migration – Aiko Kikkawa and Eric B. Suan
  • Skilled migration in the literature: what we know, what we think we know, and why it matters to know the difference – Elisabetta Gentile
  • Economic impact of skilled labor mobility within the ASEAN Economic Community – Erwin Corong and Angel Aguiar
  • Implications of ASEAN economic integration on services: a global computable general equilibrium analysis – Kakali Mukhopadhyay
  • Employment effects of removal of restrictions on the movement of natural persons in the ASEAN banking sector – Huong Dinh
  • Skills mobility and postsecondary education in the ASEAN Economic Community – Maki Kato
  • Institutionalized costs and international migration patterns – Saibal Kar
  • Expanding skilled-worker mobility: comparing the migration of Indonesian careworkers to Taipei,China and Indonesian nurses and careworkers to Japan – Ratih Pratiwi Anwar
  • Will ASEAN mutual recognition arrangements induce skilled workers to move? A case study of the engineering labor market in Thailand – Sasiwimon Warunsiri Paweenawat and Jessica Vechbanyongratana
  • Skill flows and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: future questions and directions for the ASEAN Economic Community – Anna Fink and Elisabetta Gentile

Additional Details

  • Regional cooperation and integration
  • Social development and protection
  • Migration, trafficking, and human mobility
  • Participation and empowerment
  • Social protection - labor and employment
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
  • 316
  • 5.86 x 8.93
  • 978-1-78811-616-9 (print)
  • 978-1-78811-617-6 (electronic)

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