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Ministry to review nod for skilled foreigners

The Nation (Thailand Portal), Thailand, 2 June 2018 - Professional bodies say enough Thais to meet local demand; Adul says govt is bound by 2001 Asean agreement.

Posted by Ying Yang at Jun 06, 2018 10:35 AM |
Union formed for workers in Thailand’s fishing industry

Undercurrent News, Thailand, 1 June 2018 - Thailand has a new union for workers in its fishing industry, reports the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), an alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes workers’ rights, in a recent blog.

Posted by Ying Yang at Jun 06, 2018 10:26 AM |
Bangladesh govt asked to provide protection for migrant domestic workers

Newage Bangladesh, Bangladesh, 29 May 2018 - Saudi employers’ on Monday drew severe protests from rights activists in Bangladesh for abusing ‘our domestic workers’ physically and sexually.

Posted by Ying Yang at Jun 06, 2018 10:17 AM |
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International Obligations regarding Migrant Workers: A Guide for Countries of Origin

The 130-page Guide provides a unique easily-accessible systematic overview of international obligations regarding migrant workers from the perspective of countries of origin, drawing together states’ responsibilities under international human rights treaties, labour rights conventions, diplomatic conventions and trafficking instruments. Covering key international standards that apply to migrants’ home countries and their countries of employment, the Guide can assist migrants’ home countries as they regulate, negotiate, and implement labour migration programs at all stages of the migration process. It also provides useful standards against which states, advocates, NHRIs other actors can measure and report on compliance with international human rights and labour rights standards in countries of origin and employment. In endorsing the Guide, previous UN Special Rapporteur on Migrants, Professor Francois Crepeau, notes that it “will considerably help policy-makers in countries of origin to devise international cooperation strategies with countries of transit and destination and rights training programmes for officials. It will also support human rights and labour rights organisations in better preparing migrants for the difficulties of the migration journey and in helping them fight for their rights, through training, advocacy, networking, unionising, administrative procedures or court proceedings.”

Posted by Ying Yang at Jun 06, 2018 11:24 AM |
Economic Development in Africa Report 2018

Images of thousands of African youth drowning in the Mediterranean, propelled by poverty or conflict at home and lured by the hope of jobs abroad, have fed a misleading narrative that migration from Africa harms rather than helps the continent. The latest edition of the UNCTAD flagship Economic Development in Africa Report takes aim at this preconceived notion and assesses the evidence to identify policy pathways that harness the benefits of African migration and mitigate its negative effects. This year, 2018, offers the international community a historic opportunity to realize the first global compact for migration, an intergovernmentally negotiated agreement in preparation under the auspices of the United Nations. Our contribution to this historic process is the Economic Development in Africa Report 2018: Migration for Structural Transformation. Migration benefits both origin and destination countries across Africa. The report argues that African migration can play a key role in the structural transformation of the continent’s economies. Well-managed migration also provides an important means for helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, both in Africa and beyond. The report adopts an innovative, human-centred narrative that explores how migrants contribute to structural transformation and identifies opportunities for absorption of extra labour in different sectors across the continent. African migrants include from highly skilled to low-skilled persons, who migrate through legal channels and otherwise. These migrants not only fill skills gaps in destination countries, but also contribute to development in their origin countries. Children remaining in the origin country of a migrant parent are also often more educated than their peers, thanks to their parent’s migration. The connections that migrants create between their origin and their destination countries have led to thriving diaspora communities. They have also opened up new trade and investment opportunities that can help both destination countries and origin countries to diversify their economies and move into productive activities of greater added value. Contrary to some perceptions, most migration in Africa today is taking place within the continent. This report argues that this intra-African migration is an essential ingredient for deeper regional and continental integration. At the same time, the broad patterns of extra-continental migration out of Africa confirm the positive contribution of migrants to the structural transformation of origin countries. We believe this report offers new and innovative analytical perspectives, relevant for both long-term policymaking and for the design of demand-driven technical cooperation projects, with a shorter time frame and will help Governments and other stakeholders in reaching informed decisions on appropriate migration policies in the context of Africa’s regional integration process. It is our hope that these findings will improve policy approaches to migration for African Governments, as well as for migration stakeholders outside the continent.

Posted by Ying Yang at Jun 06, 2018 11:15 AM |
Labor Migration in Asia: Increasing the Development Impact of Migration through Finance and Technology

This book documents labor migration trends in Asia and looks at how finance and technology can aid the positive impact of migration on home countries. As diasporas increase, governments have reached out to citizens abroad to provide them with financial instruments. Remittance channels have long been consolidated, but financial technology is changing how migrants remit—reducing fees and opening opportunities for new actors. One occupation driving labor migration, and incurring its own challenges, is work in information technology (IT). This book examines some of the latest developments in financial products and technology aimed at labor migrants from and in Asia, and discerns the factors determining the success of mobile IT workers from India. The four chapters in this book draw on issues raised and discussed during the Seventh Roundtable on Labor Migration in Asia: Finance and Technology to Increase the Positive Impact of Migration on Home Countries, held in Manila on 18–19 January 2017. The event brought together regional experts and policy makers and was organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the International Labour Organization, and the Asian Development Bank. The book’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.

Posted by Ying Yang at May 19, 2018 06:19 PM |
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