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Malaysian firms turn down orders as migrant labor shortage hits

Japan Today, Malaysia, 15 June 2022 - Malaysian companies from palm oil plantations to semiconductor makers are refusing orders and forgoing billions in sales, hampered by a shortage of more than a million workers that threatens the country's economic recovery.

Posted by Site Admin at Jun 28, 2022 01:13 PM |
Indonesia, Saudi Arabia expedite drafting of MoU on PMI placement

Antara News, Indonesia, 15 June 2022 - The Indonesian Manpower Ministry held a bilateral meeting with Saudi Arabia to expedite the completion of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the placement of Indonesian migrant workers (PMI).

Posted by Site Admin at Jun 28, 2022 01:11 PM |
Migrant workers’ groups slam Hong Kong government for excluding domestic helpers in second batch of consumption vouchers

South China Morning Post, China, 15 June 2022 - Migrant workers’ groups have slammed the Hong Kong government for excluding some 400,000 domestic helpers in the second disbursement of HK$5,000 (US$637) in consumption vouchers after authorities said they did not have enough financial resources to cover the community.

Posted by Site Admin at Jun 28, 2022 01:08 PM |
Migrant worker demand leads to special measures

Korea JoongAng Daily, Korea, 15 June 2022 - Special non-scheduled flights are being permitted by the government to countries like Nepal to bring in migrant workers.

Posted by Site Admin at Jun 28, 2022 01:04 PM |
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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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