Travel Smart - Work Smart Initiative for Migrants in the Mekong Sub-region
- Responsible Organisations: International Labour Organization (ILO) (International Organisation)
- ILO Regions: Asia and the Pacific
- Country(ies): Malaysia; Thailand
- Thematic areas: Protection
- MLFLM: 8.; 9.(a),(b),(c); 11.
The ILO's Australian Government-funded GMS TRIANGLE project (Tripartite Action to Protect Migrant Workers within and from the Greater Mekong Subregion from Labour Exploitation) has produced a series of 'Travel Smart - Work Smart' booklets to inform migrant workers of their rights and provide useful, country-specific information on how to travel and work safely in Thailand and Malaysia. The booklets have been adapted and redrafted to reflect changes in national legislation since they were first developed in 2006 by the ILO's Mekong Sub-regional Project to Combat Trafficking in Children and Women (ILO-TICW).
Travel Smart - Work Smart booklets have been created in multiple languages and content is adapted to the national contexts in Thailand and Malaysia, in consultation with relevant stakeholders. The booklets guide migrants through key country-specific information on employment and immigration rights, such as contracts; allowable deductions; working hours and days off; wages and payment; and the right to freedom of movement. They provide easy-to-understand information on the rights and responsibilities of regular and irregular migrant workers and how to navigate legal systems in destination countries. Special notes are made for the specific vulnerabilities of young workers and female workers. Phone numbers and contact information of embassies, government authorities, hotlines and emergency numbers, and relevant NGOs are listed.
The booklets are distributed in both origin and destination countries - by local government authorities, GMS TRIANGLE project-supported Migrant Worker Resource Centres, NGOs and through outreach events in migrant worker communities.