Labour migration resources

  1. GMS TRIANGLE Project Update: June 2014

    10 July 2014

    Tripartite Action to Protect Migrant Workers from Labour Exploitation (the GMS TRIANGLE project) aims to strengthen the formulation and implementation of recruitment and labour protection policies and practices. The project is operational in five countries: Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam, with activities in China to follow. In each country, governments and social partners are engaged in each of the GMS TRIANGLE project objectives.

  2. Protecting Migrant Workers through Labour Inspection

    09 July 2014

    Fishing is an industry that regularly operates away from the general purview of labour inspections and the enforcement of labour laws and standards. Fishers are also often excluded from the scope of national labour laws and protection that apply to other workers.

  3. ASEAN regional integration: challenges and opportunities, a senior executive seminar

    The seminar aims to facilitate an understanding of the challenges and opportunities ASEAN Members States will face in regulating labour migration in the context of regional integration, drawing where appropriate, on the experience of regional harmonization in the European Union.

  4. QBN Myanmar April-June 2014

    04 July 2014

    The GMS TRIANGLE project’s survey of target provinces revealed that knowledge about safe migration and rights at work among potential migrants is very low. Over one-third of potential migrants were not able to correctly identify any of the terms that should be included in a standard labour contract and the majority were not aware of the support resources available in destination countries.

  5. QBN Lao PDR April-June 2014

    04 July 2014

    Although economic growth and structural transformation in Lao PDR has continued at a rapid pace, the transition out of agricultural employment has remained relatively slow, particularly given its reduced contribution to GDP. Concurrently, the more rapidly growing sectors of the economy have not created enough jobs to make a considerable impact on the structure of employment. As a result,labour migration continues to represent an important livelihood option for the Lao workforce.

  6. Saphan Siang Youth Ambassadors: Engaging youth to change public attitudes towards migrant workers

    04 July 2014

    Migrant workers often suffer from discrimination and biased public attitudes in Thailand. An ILO-supported programme aims to change the situation by engaging a group of university students with the migrant workers. Better understanding and mutual respect has been created. They are expected to influence more people.

  7. QBN Cambodia April-June 2014

    04 July 2014

    The GMS TRIANGLE project’s survey of target provinces revealed that knowledge about safe migration and rights at work among potential migrants is very low. Over one-third of potential migrants were not able to correctly identify any of the terms that should be included in a standard labour contract and the majority were not aware of the support resources available in destination countries.

  8. QBN Viet Nam April-June 2014

    04 July 2014

    With an estimated 1.1 – 1.5 million people entering the labour market each year, the Government of Vietnam has a policy to promote labour migration as both an employment and poverty reduction strategy. The number of contract-based overseas workers increased from 300,000 in 2005 to 500,000 in 2011. About 200,000 of these migrants are employed in East Asia, with an additional 40,000 in the Middle East and North Africa. Specific targets have been set for the number and skill level of migrant workers deployed over the next ten years.

  9. QBN Malaysia April-June 2014

    04 July 2014

    There are reportedly 1.8 million documented and 2 million undocumented migrant workers in Malaysia – which represents a third of the country’s total labour force. An estimated 40% of these workers are women. Most migrants are employed in low-skilled and labour intensive jobs as contract workers. Official channels for recruitment exist for 14 Nationalities, including Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar. In August 2011, the Government launched the 6P program, which provided a window for irregular migrants to register and obtain amnesty. A campaign to stem irregular migrants and their employers will follow.

  10. QBN Thailand April-June 2014

    04 July 2014

    In 2002 and 2003, the Thai Government signed MOUs with Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar to establish bilateral Frameworks for recruitment and employment with the goal of reducing Irregular migration. To regularize the large number of undocumented migrants already working in the country, a nationality verification procedure was launched in 2010. However, regardless of their legal status, many migrants continue to be subjected to exploitation and abuse. During the last few years, incidents of human trafficking and forced labour on board Thai fishing vessels, in particular, have drawn concern from the international community.