Preliminary assessment of impact of labour migration from South Asia on South Asian employers

This particular study was undertaken based on discussions held during a meeting of the South Asia Forum of Employers (SAFE) on 3-4 October 2013 in New Delhi, India. The Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF), taking the lead from the SAFE discussions, collaborated with ILO for this study.

Understanding drawn from this preliminary study of impact of labour migration from South Asia on South Asian Employers helps in gaining understanding of the issue of labour migration from a comprehensive perspective. This preliminary work suggests that there is need for deeper study into the topic to develop a better and comprehensive understanding of impact of labour migration on South Asian labour markets.

It adds to the growing literature: by i) reviewing existing literature to understand labour migration and economic development issues to promote rights-based and sustainable labour migration; and ii) adding the analysis on migration’s impact on employers in South Asia. The study will identify the sectors and industries experiencing impact of labour migration and analyze the correlation, if any, between migration and industry growth. Understanding drawn from this study would contribute to strengthening of policy and institutional frameworks which will maximize developmental impact of labour migration.