Malaysia released guidelines on useful laws and practices related to the employment of foreign domestic workers (FDWs). The guidelines were adopted in consultation with Malaysian employers and a team of advisors in a collaboration project between the International Labour Organization and the Malaysian Ministry of Human Resources. The guidebook underlines giving priority to welfare, rights.. read more →

MIGRANT workers in Thailand should not be criminalised for reporting abuse and exploitation, a rights watchdog told the Junta government on Wednesday, urging the abolition of the kingdom’s criminal defamation law. Human Rights Watch (HRW), responding to the criminal defamation case against 14 Burmese migrant workers who accused their employer of violating their labour rights,.. read more →

The Labour Ministry has announced the names of 77 private recruitment agencies approved to select, train and send Cambodian workers to Thailand, Malaysia and Japan.  “The ministry has issued the list of the recruitment companies to the public in order to protect Cambodian people who wish to work abroad legally,” the statement said.  The ministry.. read more →

The Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) held its 30th summit in Manila last week amid growing anti-globalisation sentiments in the West. As Western markets become more inward-looking, intra-Asean links will matter now, more than ever. During the summit, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong urged Asean to resist inward-looking sentiments and to tap on its.. read more →

Migration, no matter how controversial politically, makes sense economically. A new IMF study shows that, over the longer term, both high- and low-skilled workers who migrate bring benefits to their new home countries by increasing income per person and living standards. High-skilled migrants bring diverse talent and expertise, while low-skilled migrants fill essential occupations for.. read more →