Brunei Darussalam resources

June 2020

  1. COVID-19 and women migrant workers in ASEAN

    This brief explores the multi-dimensional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women migrant workers in and from the ASEAN region. While women migrant workers in the ASEAN region strive to protect their livelihoods and their health, COVID-19 has presented them with a health crisis, compounded by detrimental impacts on freedom from violence and harassment, employment, income, social protection, access to services, and access to justice. This brief outlines the critical programmatic and policy responses needed. The ILO-UN Women Spotlight Initiative Safe and Fair Programme is committed to ensuring women migrant workers’ rights are protected and they receive support when and where they need it.

  2. Experiences of ASEAN migrant workers during COVID-19: Rights at work, migration and quarantine during the pandemic, and re-migration plans

    The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting labour migration throughout the ASEAN region and globally. In 2019 there were an estimated 10 million international migrants in ASEAN, of whom nearly 50 per cent were women. The ILO undertook a rapid assessment survey, interviewing ASEAN migrant workers from end-March to end-April 2020 about how COVID-19 has impacted them. This brief summarizes the responses of the 309 women and men migrant workers who participated in the survey.

February 2020

  1. Report of Labour mobility between Asia and the Arab States: Sharing of experiences and progress under the Bali Declaration with a specific focus on women migrant

  2. Conclusion of Ninth Tripartite Regional Seminar on Industrial Relations in the ASEAN Region

December 2019

  1. Extension of social protection to workers in informal employment in the ASEAN region

    The report outlines recent trends in informal employment, challenges and opportunities for extending social protection, by different categories of workers and countries. It also documents relevant country experiences and lessons, and proposes recommendations to the regional and national policy debates on the extension of social protection coverage from legal, administrative and financial perspectives.

  2. How to extend social protection to workers in informal employment in the ASEAN region

    This policy brief is based on the findings and recommendations of the report, Expansion of Social Protection to Workers in Informal Employment, from the International Labour Organization. The report outlines recent trends in informal employment as well as the challenges and opportunities for extending social protection to all workers across the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It describes the gaps and needs of specific groups of workers who are more likely to be excluded from social protection coverage. Structured around a proposed typology of strategies, the report documents relevant country experiences and lessons from those experiences, drawing conclusions and proposing recommendations to invigorate the regional and national policy debates on the extension of social protection coverage.

  3. Public attitudes towards migrant workers remain unfavourable in ASEAN destination countries

    Despite their positive contribution, public attitudes towards migrant workers remain unfavourable in ASEAN destination countries, new ILO and UN Women study reveals.

  4. Mobile women and mobile phones: Women migrant workers’ use of information and communication technologies in ASEAN

    The joint ILO-UN Women Safe and Fair Programme: Realizing women migrant workers’ rights and opportunities in the ASEAN region (part of the multi-year EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls) undertook a qualitative study involving potential and returned women migrant workers in four countries of origin in the ASEAN region – Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines. The study covers intra-ASEAN labour migration, including women who intended to migrate to, or had just returned from, Malaysia, Singapore, or Thailand. The study provides insight into women migrant workers’ use of mobile phones, and how women migrant workers could access more accurate information throughout the migration process and increase their connections with peers.

  5. Employment and environmental sustainability in ASEAN

    The Employment and Environmental Sustainability Fact sheet for ASEAN is part of a series providing a baseline for key indicators of employment and environmental sustainability performance in 36 countries across Asia and the Pacific. These indicators include: (i) employment in environmental sectors; (ii) skill levels; (iii) vulnerability of jobs; (iv) jobs in renewable energy; and (v) scoring on the Environmental Performance Index.

  6. Presentation on Singapore’s approach to ensuring well-being of migrant workers