Publications on labour migration

January 2020

  1. TRIANGLE in ASEAN

    The future of work and migration:12th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML) thematic background paper

    01 January 2020

    This paper was prepared to inform and guide the discussions on “Future of Work and Migration” at the 12th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML) held from 25 to 26 September 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. The AFML is a tripartite meeting that brings together governments, employers’ organizations, and workers’ organizations, alongside civil society organizations, to discuss migration governance issues across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, and aims to promote and protect migrant workers’ rights. The AFML is supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO) through its TRIANGLE in ASEAN programme, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and UN Women. This background paper was prepared to encourage consideration of migration governance in the context of the future of work transition, and proposes recommendations on addressing some of the specific migration challenges within the future of work.

  2. TRIANGLE in ASEAN

    Effective return and reintegration of migrant workers with special focus on ASEAN Member States

    01 January 2020

    The return and reintegration of migrant workers back to their home countries marks the end of their migration cycle. While extensive work has been done on ensuring effective migration laws and policies, pre-departure training, and research on working conditions when abroad, there is little work done around the return and reintegration of migrants. This phase of the migration cycle has even been described as the ‘unwritten chapter in the history of migration’. In spite of widespread support and commitments, migrant workers continue to face challenges in accessing return and reintegration services. Aiming to address this gap, the ASEAN Committee on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers and the Government of Indonesia took the lead to develop a set of ASEAN Guidelines on Effective Return and Reintegration. This report was prepared with the support of the Governments of Australia and Canada, through the ILO TRIANGLE in ASEAN programme, to provide background and inputs to the development of these guidelines. The report highlights conceptual issues and good practices in reintegration of migrant workers in the ASEAN region and beyond. It was prepared as the background document for the ASEAN Workshop on Reintegration Programmes for Returning Migrant Workers (27–28 August 2019) in Yogyakarta, organized by the Ministry of Manpower, Government of Indonesia, and the ILO TRIANGLE in ASEAN programme.

  3. TRIANGLE in ASEAN

    The ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML) Background information booklet (4th edition)

    01 January 2020

    The ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML) is a regional tripartite platform to discuss issues faced by women and men migrant workers from and within ASEAN. The ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of Migrant Workers (Cebu Declaration) was adopted by the ten ASEAN Member States (AMS) in 2007 in Cebu, the Philippines. The Cebu Declaration shows the AMS’ commitment to protect and promote the rights of migrant workers in the region. In order to advance the principles of the Cebu Declaration, the AFML was established to provide an open platform for governments, employers, workers, and civil society organizations to discuss complex and regional labour migration issues. Twelve AFMLs have been held to date. This publication contains information on the establishment of the AFML, past themes, and the Recommendations adopted at the 3rd–12th AFMLs, showing progress being made toward the implementation of the Cebu Declaration. This background information booklet provides an overview of the AFML process, and is a product of the International Labour Organization (ILO) TRIANGLE in ASEAN programme, a partnership between the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Global Affairs Canada, and the ILO.

December 2019

  1. Publication

    Refugees and decent work: Lessons learned from recent refugee jobs compacts

    17 December 2019

    EMPLOYMENT Working Paper No. 256

  2. Publication

    ILO-UNHCR partnership: Joint action for decent work and long-term solutions for refugees and other forcefully displaced persons

    13 December 2019

    The ILO, the UN agency for the world of work, and UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, are collaborating closely to address the challenges related to large scale displacement by making access to decent work and productive employment an essential component of sustainable response strategies for host communities, refugees, and other forcibly displaced persons.

  3. Fair recruitment

    Review of law, policy and practice of recruitment of migrant workers in Madagascar

    09 December 2019

    This review provides an overview of legislative and policy frameworks concerning recruitment of migrant workers in Madagascar. The report provides recommendations for improving the process in line with the ILO General Principles and Operational Guidelines for Fair Recruitment.

November 2019

  1. Publication

    Appeal: Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean

    19 November 2019

    Within the framework of the Regional Refugees and Migrants Response Plan (RMRP), the ILO is launching an appeal to its development partners to support the response to the unprecedented refugees and migrants crisis that the Latin American region. The ILO is leading the inter-agency response on socio-economic integration of Venezuelan migrants and refugees, and has developed this comprehensive intervention strategy with IOM, FAO and OAS.

  2. TRIANGLE in ASEAN

    TRIANGLE in ASEAN Quarterly Briefing Notes

    07 November 2019

    TRIANGLE in ASEAN works with labour ministries, workers' and employers' organizations, recruitment agency associations, civil society organizations in six countries in ASEAN; Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Below Quarterly Briefing Notes give an update on our work during the previous quarter.

  3. Publication

    The benefits of fair recruitment - Results of the impact study on the Nepal-Jordan corridor

    06 November 2019

  4. Publication

    Flyer: Panel discussion at the Geneva Peace Week 2019 - Trade, Jobs and Peace

    05 November 2019