Binational Workshop on Recruitment and Protection of Migrant Domestic Workers in the Indonesia-Malaysia Corridor

Around the world, millions of women leave their communities to seek financial gain working as domestic workers abroad. Upon departure, these women are often unaware of the rules and laws of recruitment, how to migrate safely, and what their rights are in countries of destination. As a result, they face a number of risks throughout the recruitment process that expose them to abuse, exploitation, and in the worst cases forced labour and trafficking.

Background and Justification

Participants of the Binational Workshop on Labour Migration
Around the world, millions of women leave their communities to seek financial gain working as domestic workers abroad. Upon departure, these women are often unaware of the rules and laws of recruitment, how to migrate safely, and what their rights are in countries of destination. As a result, they face a number of risks throughout the recruitment process that expose them to abuse, exploitation, and in the worst cases forced labour and trafficking.

Labour migration is often a consequence of poverty and unemployment and, at the same time, a key-strategy to cope with it, to support families, and to bring in income to the family and country. Yet, upon arrival in the country of destination, domestic workers have little to no power to realize what rights they have, and are therefore vulnerable to very poor working conditions. The risk of trafficking in this context has also been highlighted by some qualitative studies.

The workshop will have the following objectives 

  • Share with stakeholders the results of the research conducted in Indonesia and Malaysia.
  • Improve knowledge of stakeholders on situation of MDWs throughout the migration cycle, including risks of forced labour and trafficking.
  • Improve knowledge of stakeholders on best practices in labour migration policy, bilateral agreements, the impact of bans and high recruitment costs.
  • Action plans or conclusions are adopted.