Digitalization to promote decent work for migrant workers in ASEAN

Thematic background paper for the 11th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML)

Technology presents a great opportunity to make labour migration safer, more efficient, and more transparent. But, digitalization- as any tool- also involves risks, challenges, and unequal distribution of technological gains. For it to promote decent work and better conditions for women and men migrant workers, it needs to be designed, implemented, and used properly.

Digitalization and how it can promote decent work for migrant workers in ASEAN was the selected theme for the 11th AFML, which took place on 29 – 30 October 2018 in Singapore. This background paper was prepared to inform the discussions and reviews the current opportunities and possible challenges to be addressed for digital technology to promote decent work for all.