02 March 2015
An ILO-produced film documents the opportunities and obstacles on the path taken by migrant health-care workers from the Philippines.
Second consultation with labour attaches from Cambodia, Laos Myanmar based in Thailand, 12 February 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
12 February 2015
The International Labour Organization ASEAN TRIANGLE Project and the Ministry of Labour, Thailand, have launched a series of consultations with labour attachés and embassy officials from Cambodia, Laos PDR and Myanmar now posted in Bangkok to strengthen dialogue between the ministry and labour attaches and consular officials. The 1st consultation workshop was co-hosted by the MOL and ILO on 13 June 2014. It aimed at familiarizing labour attachés and consular officials with issues relevant to the protection of their migrant work force including Thai labour laws and policies, registration procedures, complaints mechanisms, international labour standards, and the role of labour attachés. In addition, the workshop also set the objective to strengthen relationships, facilitate communication and develop synergies between the embassies, authorities, social partners and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). The 2nd consultation on 12 February 2015 focuses on complaints mechanism
26 January 2015
By Lawrence Jeff Johnson, Director of the ILO Country Office for the Philippines at the ASEAN conference on the labour dimensions of trafficking in persons, Pasay City, Philippines, 27 January 2015
Regional Conference on the Labour Dimensions of Trafficking, 27–29 January 2015, Manila, Philippines
21 January 2015
The Regional Conference on the Labour Dimensions of trafficking provides an opportunity to facilitate coordination and cooperation between the ASEAN Committee on the Implementation of the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers (ACMW) and the Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOM-TC) on the labour dimensions of trafficking in persons. The SOMTC currently drives the implementation of the ASEAN Declaration on Transnational Crime, ASEAN Plan of Action to Combat Transnational Crime, and Work Programme to Implement the ASEAN Plan of Action to Combat Transnational Crime. The ACMW’s workplan recognizes complementarity areas of work of its committee and SOMTC, and calls for coordination to avoid duplication of efforts.
22 December 2014
The ILMS Database gathers together a range of statistical sources relating to international migrants and international migrant workers in the ten ASEAN Member States in order to fill an important knowledge gap. It comes at a critical time for ASEAN as it reaches a major milestone – the creation of the ASEAN Community in 2015. In order to manage and understand international labour migration trends more coherently, the ILMS Database collected relevant, comparable and tractable data, including from a range of previously unpublished sources. The data includes countries' stocks of international migrants and international migrant workers; the corresponding annual inflows of these; and countries' stocks and outflows of nationals abroad.
ASEAN Regional Conference of Senior Official on Strengthening the Protection and Empowerment of Women Migrant Workers
22 December 2014
ASEAN Regional Conference of Senior Official on Strengthening the Protection and Empowerment of Women Migrant Workers is held on 13-14 November 2014 in Quezon City, Philippines. The ILO ATP in collaboration with the ASEAN Committee on Women (ACW) and ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) convened a Conference among senior officials, with special focus on vulnerable groups of female migrant workers: those in domestic work, those who are victims of forced labour and trafficking, and those who are in the midst of crisis situations in destination countries. The Conference strengthened regional coordination and information sharing for the protection and empowerment of women migrant workers, and increased knowledge on and promoted gender-responsive labour migration policies and programs in both labour sending and receiving states in ASEAN. The Conference concluded with recommendations to enhance migration policies and programs affecting women migrant workers in ASEAN.
25 November 2014
National Tripartite Preparatory Meetings for 7th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML) from September to November 2014 was held in several ASEAN member states to take stock on progress to date and implementation of previous forums’ recommendations at the national level, to discuss the 7th AFML’s proposed theme, and to prepare recommendations for the 7th AFML. AFML Tripartite Preparatory Meeting Schedule: Philippines: 16th September 2014, Viet Nam: 23rd September 2014, Myanmar: 2nd October 2014, Cambodia: 9th October 2014,and Thailand: 20th October 2014
24 November 2014
Regional Training on Strategic Management and Negotiations for ASEAN Labour Attaches was held on 8-12 September 2014 in Makati City, Philippines. This labour attaché training programme is delivered by the ATP and the Asian Institute of Management to support the capacity of labour attachés and consular officials in ASEAN. The programme will provide participants with information on international labour standards relevant to the protection of migrant workers, the ability to effectively negotiate with different stakeholders, and joint decision makings, as well as the opportunity to network with other officials for future cooperation.
20 November 2014
For the past three years, the ILO, in partnership with migration-relevant government agencies, employers and workers’ organizations and civil society, has been implementing the European Union-financed project on “Decent Work across Borders”. The project focuses on raising awareness for the safe, ethical and decent migration and voluntary return of health-care professionals and skilled workers from the Philippines, India and Viet Nam to selected European member States.
Opening address at the ASEAN conference on strengthening the protection and empowerment of women migrant workers
12 November 2014
By Lawrence Jeff Johnson, Director of the ILO Country Office for the Philippines at the ASEAN conference on strengthening the protection and empowerment of women migrant workers, Pasig City, Philippines, 13 November 2014