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

Background paper presented at the inter-regional meeting "Labour mobility between Asia and the Arab States: Sharing of experiences and progress under the Bali Declaration with specific focus on women migrant workers" held on 3-4 December 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand

This paper was prepared to inform an Interregional Consultation between the Asia and the Arab States (held in December 2019 and organized by the ILO), to raise issues for debate and discussion on labour mobility, and suggest possible ideas for action going forward. To begin with, the paper provides an overview of stocks and flows of migrants (and where possible, migrant workers) from Asia to the Arab States followed by an overview of relevant global and regional developments. The next chapter highlights important developments in Asia and the Arab States that have a bearing on the governance of labour migration and mobility, and protection of the rights of women and men migrant workers. The subsequent part highlights gendered challenges and progress in the key areas of fair recruitment, decent employment and working conditions, protection of rights, skills matching, access to justice and services and worker mobility. This is followed by a review of partnerships among stakeholders. The final chapter draws conclusions and raises selected issues for the meeting discussions.