Research and Publications

The ILO publishes a wide range of books, reports, working papers, training manuals, CD-ROMs, videos and flash movies, relevant to Asia and the Pacific. Some of these can be downloaded directly. Others can be requested or purchased in hard copy from the ILO Knowledge Centre in Bangkok.

July 2017

  1. Access to justice for migrant workers in South-East Asia

    28 July 2017

    This report analyses access to justice for migrant workers in South-East Asia and provides recommendations for improving complaint mechanisms for labour rights abuses.

  2. Policy Brief on Practices and Regulations of Recruitment to Garment Work

    24 July 2017

    The policy brief maps common recruitment practices and regulations observed along recruitment pathways to garment and textile work in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Jordan and Lebanon.

  3. Policy Brief on Practices and Regulations of Recruitment to Domestic Work

    24 July 2017

    The policy brief highlights common recruitment practices and regulations observed along recruitment pathways to domestic work in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Jordan and Lebanon.

  4. Infographic - Skills Composition of the Migrant Workforce

    22 July 2017

  5. Attracting skilled international migrants to China: A review and comparison of policies and practices

    21 July 2017

    China is actively pursuing a transformation from an export-oriented, low-skilled and labour-intensive economy towards a science, technology and innovation-based economy. Such transformation inevitably spurs rapid growth in the demand for high skilled workers. More than ever committed to globalization, the Chinese government is attaching more importance to the attraction of foreign talents who not only bring valuable resources to help boost China’s economic development but also contribute to building and strengthening the relationship between China and the rest of the world. Working towards this objective of competing for global talent, China has become ever more aware of the urgent need for the introduction of specific schemes and policies to attract skilled international migrants. The study on attracting skilled international migrants to China: A review and comparison of policies and practices was conducted under the EU–China Dialogue on Migration and Mobility Support Project, a collaboration between the International Labour Organization and the International Organization for Migration, funded by the European Union. It reviews the existing policies and practices of China concerning the attraction of foreign professionals and other skilled international migrants with a comparative analysis of talent attraction policies and their outcomes in Germany, Japan, and Singapore. Based on a comparative study, recommendations are put forward for China to improve its foreign talent policies and practices in order to be more successful in the international competition for talents.

  6. Timor-Leste National Employment Strategy 2017 – 2030 (in English, Portuguese and Tetun)

    17 July 2017

    Timor-Leste needs to address several challenges in order to provide the required employment opportunities to achieve inclusive growth. Therefore, the National Employment Strategy (NES) 2017 - 2030 focuses on the need of creating new jobs to reduce unemployment and provide employment opportunities for the large population of young people entering the labour market in the next years; increasing formal jobs and addressing current productivity.

  7. TRIANGLE in ASEAN Quarterly Briefing Note: Lao People’s Democratic Republic (April-June 2017)

    17 July 2017

    Many migrants could potentially be affected by this provision as the majority of Lao migrant workers are employed in unskilled or low-skilled positions.

  8. TRIANGLE in ASEAN Quarterly Briefing Note: Cambodia (April-June 2017)

    17 July 2017

    Only a small minority of these workers (and even fewer women workers) use regular channels to migrate, instead relying on social networks and unlicensed brokers to cross the border and seek employment.

  9. TRIANGLE in ASEAN Quarterly Briefing Note: Malaysia (April - June 2017)

    17 July 2017

    The goal of capping employment of migrants at 1.5 million workers as of 2015 was again not attained.

  10. TRIANGLE in ASEAN Quarterly Briefing Note: Myanmar (April - June 2017)

    17 July 2017

    In this new system, potential migrants often do not know who to trust and how to benefit from these new structures, and their lack of knowledge leaves them once again vulnerable to extortionate fees and corruption.

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