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Technical Paper on Labour Migration in Malaysia

— theme: Labour migration policy, Migration and development
— country: ASEAN, Asia, Malaysia
— type: Reports

In the past few months, the newly-elected Malaysian government has increased its efforts to review and improve the country’s labour migration policies. In June 2018, it established an inter-ministerial Special Committee on Foreign Workers to look into the country’s labour migration issues. The Special Committee then commissioned the Institute of Labour Market Information and Analysis (ILMIA) to form an Independent Committee to develop a paper that would outline issues related to the employment of migrant workers and refugees, and provide strategies on how to improve Malaysian policies and regulations. To date, the Independent Committee is conducting town hall meetings and stakeholder consultations that would inform the development of the paper. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) together with other agencies of the UN Country Team in Malaysia [International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations, University-International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), World Bank, and World Health Organization (WHO)] have jointly developed this paper for submission to ILMIA, the Independent Committee, and the Special Committee on Foreign Workers. We hope the paper, and in particular the recommendations, will be useful in the review and development of effective labour migration policies and strategies in Malaysia, benefitting the host country as well migrants. Further to this paper, the UN also encourages the Government of Malaysia to work towards the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM), following its adoption. UN Agencies stand ready to support the government and stakeholders in these efforts.

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