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Migrant worker enclaves in S'pore transformed after year and a half of Covid-19 curbs

The Straits Times, Singapore, 15 September 2021 - In Little India, jewellers that could count on five-digit takings each weekend are struggling to hold on, while a previously vibrant community space that drew Bangladeshi workers from across the island no longer pulses with fellowship.

Posted by Site Admin at Sep 22, 2021 12:36 AM |
Covid-19: Migrant workers get taste of freedom as Singapore loosens labour curbs

Malay Mail, Singapore, 15 September 2021 - A group of migrant workers visited Singapore's Little India area today for their a first taste of freedom in more than a year, under a pilot programme to ease movement measures imposed to halt a spike in coronavirus infections in dormitories.

Posted by Site Admin at Sep 22, 2021 12:34 AM |
Thailand looking to woo wealthy foreigners for long term stays

New Straits Times, Thailand, 15 September 2021 - Thailand is trying to woo wealthy foreigners to stay long term in the country and has approved a raft of measures to attract them.

Posted by Site Admin at Sep 22, 2021 12:31 AM |
The migrant workers who never went back

Scroll, India, 15 September 2021 - They wanted to work, even as the number of women in India’s workforce fell. But a national upheaval crushed Jharkhand women’s dreams of new lives in Tamil Nadu.

Posted by Site Admin at Sep 22, 2021 12:28 AM |
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ILO Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers – Results and Methodology

This third edition of the ILO Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers: Results and Methodology presents the most recent estimates on the stock of international migrant workers, disaggregated by age, sex, country-income group and region, and the estimation methodology. The reference year is 2019. The report predates the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, which has affected the magnitude and characteristics of international labour migration. The estimates offer a benchmark against which the COVID-19 driven changes can be analysed in the future. The periodic publication of this report provides information on recent trends on labour migration and therefore contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as supporting policymaking at the country, regional and global levels.

Posted by Site Admin at Jun 30, 2021 12:00 AM |
Rapid assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on private recruitment agencies in Nepal

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of human life including the world of work. Migrant workers appeared to be one of the most vulnerable groups. Use of services of Private Recruitment Agencies (PRAs) is the most prevalent approach among Nepali migrant workers when seeking foreign employment. In response to the pandemic, the Integrated Programme on Fair Recruitment (FAIR), funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, launched a study in August 2020 to understand the way in which the recruitment industry in Nepal has been impacted by the pandemic. This report summarizes the findings of the assessment and identifies a number of key recommendations to assist the government and other stakeholders to ensure fair recruitment for migrant workers moving forward.

Posted by Site Admin at Jun 09, 2021 12:00 AM |
Operational guidelines for Businesses on Remediation of Migrant-worker Grievances

The Operational Guidelines for Businesses on Remediation of Human Rights Grievances (the “Guidelines”) are created to primarily help companies and industry groups to develop voluntary programmes to remediate worker grievances, especially with regard to addressing human rights concerns of migrant workers in international supply chains. Given the number of stakeholders involved in any particular industry or region, the Guidelines are also relevant to the work of other interested third parties, including International Organizations, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs), civil society organizations (CSOs) and worker groups. The recommendations provided by these Guidelines are grounded in industry and international best practices for compliance and advancement of human rights, including the United Nation’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (“UNGPs”). According to the UNGPs, all types of businesses can advance and support the human rights of its workers by establishing or participating in a remediation programme that offers remedies and resolution to affected workers.

Posted by Site Admin at May 31, 2021 12:00 AM |
Indonesia: Aceh Migration Operation, Final Report DREF Operation n° MDRID016

Description of the disaster Arrival of Two Boats carrying migrants in Aceh, Indonesia On 24 June 2020, three local fishermen rescued 99 migrants from a damaged boat on Lancok Coast, North Aceh district. The migrants were brought to shore and transferred to a training facility owned by the Lhokseumawe City government. After a headcount, it was disclosed that the group consisted of 31 women, 40 girls, 16 boys, and 12 men. Due to language barrier, it was challenging to establish communication with the migrants. However, a migrant who spoke English and Malay was later identified among the group. It was revealed that the group departed from Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh and may have been at sea for up to four months and that an additional 17 migrants initially aboard the boat, may have died during the journey. With permission from local government, the migrants were permitted to remain in the facility. Needs assessment was conducted jointly through local coordination on the ground involving several organizations, including UNHCR, IOM, PMI, Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS), Getanyoe Foundation, in coordination with the local authorities. Several organizations including PMI, UNHCR, and IOM were granted permission to work in the facility to support the migrants.

Posted by Site Admin at May 29, 2021 12:00 AM |
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