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Rights on the Line - HumanRights Watch Work onAbuses against Migrants in 2010

Many countries rely on migrant workers to fill labour shortages in low paid and poorly regulated jobs. Human Rights Watch documented labour exploitation and barriers to redress for migrants in agriculture, domestic work and construction in Indonesia, malaysia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia,Thailand, United Arab Emirates and the United States

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International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families

The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families is an international agreement governing the matters described in the title. It was signed on 18 December 1990 and entered into force 1 July 2003.

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Research Snapshot: Study of indirect sex workers from the garment industry

Research Snapshot: Study of indirect sex workers from the garment industry

The report presents the findings of a small complementary study examining the plight of a group of much talked-about but little understood workers: those who have left the factories during the crisis and started work as indirect sex workers in the entertainment sector. The specific focus of inquiry in the study concerns the vulnerabilities these workers face to HIV/AIDS -one of the most critical workplace issues in Cambodia today.

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Situational analysis of domestic work in China

Focuses on China's internal domestic workers situation. Chinese domestic workers are allowed to work overseas, but there are limited information available about the scale, trends, and working conditions.

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Protecting the Rights of Migrant Workers: A shared responsibility

Protecting the Rights of Migrant Workers: A shared responsibility

This is an ILO paper from 2009. The paper was originally prepared to inform the discussions in Roundtable 1.1 on “Protecting the rights of migrants – A shared responsibility”, of the second Global Forum on Migration and Development which took place in Manila from 27 to 30 October 2008.

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Policy on labour migration for Cambodia

Policy on labour migration for Cambodia

This policy paper covers the key issues and the policy challenges confronting Cambodia in managing cross-border movement of labour and in protection of Khmer migrant workers. The paper examines the medium-term employment and demographic outlook in Cambodia, looking at the migration pressure and the opportunities rendered from labour migration. The policy challenges are grouped into the governance of labour migration, the protection and empowerment of migrant workers, and the harnessing of labour migration for economic development.

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Policies on Admission Low-Skilled Workers in Korea, Japan and Taiwan (China): similarities and differences

Policies on Admission Low-Skilled Workers in Korea, Japan and Taiwan (China): similarities and differences

This is an ILO Technical Note written by Manolo Abella (previous ILO/EU Asian Programme on the Governance of Labour Migration project).

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South East Asia National Human Rights Institution Forum (SEANF) Paper on Migrant Workers

In this policy paper, the SEANF doles out recommendations as well as the position of the body on the ASEAN Instrument to protect the rights of migrant workers and the work of the ASEAN Committee on the Implementation of the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of Rights of Migrant Workers (ACMW). It further urges the ACMW and the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) to avail of the expertise of SEANF on human rights issues. National recommendations for each SEANF member are also provided in this paper.

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The economic contribution of migrant workers to Thailand: towards policy development

The economic contribution of migrant workers to Thailand: towards policy development

This paper highlights the contributions of migrant workers to Thailand and recommends policies to promote economic development and decent work in both receiving and sending countries.

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The Admission of Foreign Labour and its Impact on the Labour Market in Taiwan, Province of China

Traces the changes in the functions of the foreign workers programme over time, its impact on Taiwan’s labour market, and the lessons that other economies could learn from this experience.

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The Causes and Consequences of Re-trafficking: Evidence from the IOM Human Trafficking Database

This IOM report by Alison Jobe from 2010 examines a number of factors a means to better understand and tackle the issue of re-trafficking. These include the individual characteristics of (re-)trafficking victims, their experiences during and post-exit from trafficking, issues on return to their country of origin, and assistance and reintegration needs.

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Overseas Filipino Workers and their Impact on Household Poverty

Examines the impact of the outflow of workers and finds that over time migration has enabled some of the poor step out of poverty.

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Nurse Migration: The Asian Perspective

This is a Technical note by Ayaka Matsuno from (the ILO/EU Asian Programme on the Governance of Labour Migration). The paper aims to capture the current situation of nurse migration from an Asian perspective. Asian countries are sources of nurses as well as hosts for foreign nurses. They also provide opportunities for foreign nurses to gain experience and knowledge to facilitate migration to other countries.

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National Labour Migration Policy for Sri Lanka

National Labour Migration Policy for Sri Lanka

The Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare has developed a National Labour Migration Policy for Sri Lanka, which articulates the State's commitment to ensuring a labour migration process that adheres to principles, and guidelines enshrined in international instruments and international good practices. It aims at developing a long-term vision for the role of labour migration in the country within the frameworks of the overall development strategy for the country (Ten Year Development Plan, 2006-2016) and the National Policy for Decent Work in Sri Lanka.

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Migration and child labour Exploring child migrant vulnerabilities and those of children left behind

Migration and child labour Exploring child migrant vulnerabilities and those of children left behind

This Working paper by Hans van de Glind attempts to describe the correlation between migration and child labour by reviewing secondary data of migrant children with or without their families, and children left behind by their migrant parents.

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Managing Irregular Migration as a Negative Factor in the Development of Eastern Asia

Managing Irregular Migration as a Negative Factor in the Development of Eastern Asia

Reviews the forms and magnitude of labour migration in East Asia and examines the important factors contributing to irregular migration in the region, including immigration policy in destination countries.

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Making migration work for development

Making migration work for development

University of Sussex - 2010. This report from the University of Sussex argues that for migration to have its full developmental impact, the most beneficial policy change would be to reduce barriers to migration, at all levels and particularly for the poorest.

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