Burma News International, 29 March 2017 - Thailand has announced a Thingyan gift for Myanmar migrant workers. Those heading home for the April holiday can do so without paying travel fees, and without fear of arrest, according to a recent decree.
Eleven Myanmar, 25 March 2017 - More and more middle-aged Myanmar nationals are migrating to other countries, despite the Myanmar New Year getting closer, chairperson of Joint Action Committee for Myanmar Citizens Moe Kyo has said.
My Republica, 20 March 2017 - Deepak Adhikari of Mijure VDC-2 in Kaski has been selling sweat in Malaysia. The low pay apart, the living condition for this blue-collar worker is not decent. He feels suffocation in sharing the room with 15 other migrant workers in what he describes no less than an 'open jail'.
Jakarta Post, Indonesia, 19 March 2017 - Indonesia is intensifying its efforts to protect migrant workers in Malaysia, as indicated by a visit to Penang and Johor by Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi this week.
Bangkok Post, Thailand, 18 March 2017 - The Labour Court has ordered Dhammakaset Co Ltd, which operates a poultry farm in Lop Buri, to pay 1.7 million baht in compensation to 14 Myanmar workers who were forced to work long hours and were underpaid.
Nepali Times, Nepal, 16 March 2017 - Two years later, a serious shortage of construction workers is hampering post-earthquake rebuilding
Asian correspondent, Malaysia, 16 March 2017 - SOK Nay still vividly remembers the two weeks she suffered with second-degree burns from kneeling on the hot asphalt outside her employer’s home. She was being punished for incorrectly cleaning a couch.
Khmer Times, 15 March 2017 - The Thai Labor Ministry has increased the minimum wage for Cambodian migrant workers since the start of the year, however civil society officials say there are both pros and cons to the salary increase.
Myanmar Times, 14 March 2017 - Myanmar plans to send workers for the fishing industry in South Korea as there is a demand for labour in that sector, said U Thein Win, director of the Migration Affairs Department under the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.
Migrant Rights, 14 March 2017 - In early February Qatar’s cabinet approved a draft law on domestic workers, though very little information accompanied the announcement. But a few more details have been revealed in a report submitted to the ILO Governing body. The report will be taken up in the ongoing 329th session in Geneva.
Myanmar Times, 13 March 2017 - Myanmar and Thailand signed a bilateral MOU to govern the labour migration between the two, especially from Myanmar to Thailand. The MOU provides a framework to facilitate regular labour migration by focusing more on admission procedures, prevention of irregular migration and employment, and repatriation of migrant workers, among others. Issues of labour market demands and social protection and rights at work of migrant workers are not comprehensively covered.
BBC News, Cambodia, 13 March 2017 - Cambodia's construction industry is booming, and high-rises are being built across the capital of Phnom Penh. With the city's population doubling over the past four years, it has begun its transformation into a sprawling metropolis. The industry employs a large number of migrant workers who flock to the capital in search of work.
The Guardian, China, 10 March 2017 - The ICTI Care scheme aims to improve family lives of those making products for Disney, Mattel and Toys R Us
Nikkei, Singapore, 10 March 2017 - Economic integration has not improved promised legal protections
Khmer Times, Cambodia, 9 March 2017 - Sok Nay has lived in Malaysia for more than a decade now and is no longer a domestic worker. While she has stories of being beaten, starved and overworked by her Malaysian employers, she chose to return to the country to help other Cambodians looking for work there. Today, she helps domestic workers settle in once they arrive from either Cambodia or other countries in the region.