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Asean labour migration set to recover, possibly surpass pre-pandemic levels

The Edge Markets, Indonesia, 30 August 2022 - Labour migration is expected to recover and possibly surpass pre-pandemic levels due to the expected strength of economic recovery in Asean member states, says the Asean Secretariat (ASEC).

Posted by Site Admin at Sep 01, 2022 09:56 AM |
Greek minister: Seasonal work visas to give Bangladeshi migrants dignity

Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh, 30 August 2022 - It has been around six months since Bangladesh and Greece signed an agreement to grant temporary work visas for Greece to 4,000 Bangladeshi nationals each year. Under the same scheme, as many as 15,000 undocumented Bangladeshis already working in Greece will have their status legalized.

Posted by Site Admin at Sep 01, 2022 09:51 AM |
Qatar expels Nepali migrant workers for joining protest

The Kathmandu Post, Qatar, 30 August 2022 - Nearly five dozen Nepali workers have been deported from Qatar for allegedly joining a protest demanding their backpay, multiple sources privy to the matter said.

Posted by Site Admin at Sep 01, 2022 09:48 AM |
Covid-19 hit Cambodian migrants hard, remittances fell by 16.6%

Khmer Times, Cambodia, 29 August 2022 - Remittances from Cambodian migrant workers showed a whopping decline of 16.6 percent to $1,272 million in 2020 following the outbreak of Covid-19, a stark contrast to the 6.7 percent annual growth during 2014-2019, revealed the first ‘Asean Migration Outlook’ report.

Posted by Site Admin at Sep 01, 2022 09:43 AM |
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Labor Migration in Asia: COVID-19 Impacts, Challenges, and Policy Responses

The pandemic has impacted migrant workers and raised challenges for policy makers through declining demand, shifting travel and repatriation protocols, and expanded policy focus on the epidemiological factors of international labor mobility.

Posted by Site Admin at May 30, 2022 05:00 PM |
Profiling Returnee Migrant Workers for Labour Market Integration

Nepal’s labour migration can be divided into internal migration, migration to India and migration to countries other than India. The migration to countries other than India is referred as “foreign employment”. Labour migration for employment has been a common livelihood strategy for many Nepali people living in both rural and urban areas of the country. The remittances generated from the employment have become a major contributing factor to Nepal’s economy, which was equivalent to NPR 961.05 billion in the last fiscal year (FY 2020/21), ending mid-July, an increase of 10 per cent year to year. The remittance amount is equivalent to 22.5 per cent of Nepal's current gross domestic product of NPR 4.26 trillion evaluated at current market prices. Remittances have been contributing to the improvements in the living standards of Nepalese people where one in three Nepali households receives remittances. The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted migrant workers in terms of loss of jobs and economic opportunities both in Nepal and in destination countries. Contrary to the general impression that remittances have been negatively impacted by the COVID 19 crisis, remittance flows proved to be resilient.

Posted by Site Admin at Apr 20, 2022 05:00 PM |
Persistent COVID-19 Vaccine Inequity Has Significant Implications for Refugees and Other Vulnerable Migrants

Globally, access to COVID-19 vaccines has been uneven. More than one year since vaccines became widely available in high-income Western countries, many lower-income countries have struggled with supply and have notably low rates of vaccination. With each new wave and each new variant, this gap has widened. As of April 2022, approximately 65 percent of the world’s population had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; among low-income countries the rate averaged 15 percent. In fact, as of February 2022, more booster shots had been administered in wealthy countries than total doses in low-income countries.

Posted by Site Admin at Apr 18, 2022 05:00 PM |
How Countries Manage Migration Data: Evidence from six countries

With migration data in the global spotlight thanks to processes such as the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and others, this report aims to provide a comprehensive picture of how migration data systems work in practice at the national level. IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre carried out an international comparative study to understand better how countries are meeting a range of different migration data challenges, focusing on six case study countries. The objective of the study is to explore how far countries have been making progress in improving migration data and to understand the practical challenges facing national statistical offices and other stakeholders, the impact of frameworks such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Global Compact for Migration, and more.

Posted by Site Admin at Apr 05, 2022 05:00 PM |
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