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January 2008

  1. The migration of health professionals

    01 January 2008

    Looks at the extent and impact of the global migration of health professionals–specifically physicians and nurses.

  2. The admission of foreign labour and its impact on the labour market in Taiwan, Province of China

    01 January 2008

    Examines the foreign worker program (FWP) in Taiwan, Province of China, which was introduced in 1992 as a response to severe labour shortage in the island.

  3. Strengthening social protection for ASEAN migrant workers through social security agreements

    01 January 2008

    This paper looks at specific actions that ASEAN countries can take to strengthen the social protection of migrant workers within the region.

  4. Overseas Filipino workers and their impact on household poverty

    01 January 2008

    This paper examines whether the outflow of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) has resulted in poverty reduction, particularly for the migrants' families.

  5. Underlying factors in international labour migration in Asia: population, employment and productivity trends

    01 January 2008

    This paper looks at the demographic and economic factors that are certain to impact the flow of labour migration in the Asian region in the future.

  6. Financial education trainers manual

    01 January 2008

    This illustrated, in-depth guide is designed to educate vulnerable groups, especially women, in financial literacy. The purpose of the training is to make women and men more informed and empowered decision-makers, able to set financial targets and reach them, whether in the household or in a small-scale business. The manual also is designed to help micro and small entrepreneurs in Cambodia increase their small profit margins. The trainer’s manual is based on material developed within the Financial Education for the Poor Project, which the Microfinance Opportunities, Citigroup and Freedom From Hunger financed.

December 2007

  1. Fact sheet - Disability discrimination at work

    31 December 2007

    An estimated 470 million of the world's working age people have some form of disability. These disabilities differ in the nature of impairment as well as the degree of severity. In combination with these disabilities, issues such as gender, age and economic status, all impact upon their status in and access to the labour market.

  2. Facts on Disability in the world of work

    31 December 2007

    “Decent work is the ILO’s primary goal for everyone, including people with disabilities. When we promote the rights and dignity of people with disabilities, we are empowering individuals, strengthening economies and enriching societies at large.” Juan Somavia, ILO Director-General

  3. The contribution of migrant workers to Thailand: towards policy development

    18 December 2007

    This fact sheet summarizes the main findings and conclusions of the report on "The contribution of migrant workers to Thailand: towards policy development".

  4. Issues: December 2007

    01 December 2007

    The newsletter covers strategies to tackle HIV/AIDS in low-risk Asian countries, voices from young people on human trafficking prevention, and the UN International Day of Disabled Persons.

  5. Are you listening? Mekong Youth Forum on Human Trafficking

    01 December 2007

    Report on the process and outcome of the Mekong Youth Forum on Human Trafficking.

  6. Pakistan employment trends 2007: Skills

    01 December 2007

    Identifies the need to promote greater investment in skills and training so that men and women have enhanced and equal access to productive and decent work.

October 2007

  1. Participatory approaches to improving safety, health and working conditions in informal economy workplaces. Experiences of Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam

    01 October 2007

    Participatory training programmes are increasingly applied in Asia for supporting grassroots initiatives in informal economy workplaces to improve safety, health and working conditions. These participatory programmes are easy to apply and action-oriented, and focus on immediate improvement needs of informal economy workplaces. Workers in informal economy workplaces have identified and implemented practical safety and health improvements with the support from the participatory training programmes.

September 2007

  1. The economic contribution of migrant workers to Thailand: Towards policy development

    15 September 2007

    This paper highlights the contributions of migrant workers to Thailand and recommends policies to promote economic development and decent work in both receiving and sending countries. The ILO views labour migration as a positive force that can stimulate economic growth and development in both labour-sending and labour– receiving countries, and has developed a framework of principles, guidelines and examples to ensure that labour migration contributes to decent work for all (ILO, 2004, 2006).

August 2007

  1. Issues: August 2007

    01 August 2007

    The edition highlights the challenges facing youth employment in the Pacific, programmes to create jobs and boost incomes in East Timor, and the long work hours found in Asia’s labour market.

  2. International labour migration and development: The ILO perspective

    01 August 2007

    Presents the ILO’s perspective on the increasingly recognized crucial relation between international labour migration and development.

June 2007

  1. Preventing child labour in agriculture and promoting safe work for youth in Thailand

    12 June 2007

    The 12th of June is a special day of observance around the world – a day in which Thais and other people demonstrate their solidarity in bringing an end to the worst forms of child labour. The 2007 World Day against Child Labour focused on children working under hazardous conditions in agriculture.

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