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Labor migration in Asia: Protection of migrant workers, support services and enhancing development benefits




Three countries, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka are used as case studies in this book. The book will examine legal and structural frameworks for regulating recruitment activities, licensing and supervision of agencies, monitoring of recruitment agencies, processing and documentation of workers, benchmarks for fixing minimum standards of overseas employment contracts, role of private recruitment agencies in labor migration, regulation and mechanisms for regulating recruitment of vulnerable workers, malpractice by private recruitment agencies, malpractice by employers, illegal recruitment and unlawful emigration, redress for violation of rights of migrant workers, efforts at enforcing minimum standards in Employment contracts, other mechanism t check abuses by recruitment agencies and good practices and lessons learned on regulation o recruitment.

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Place published

Geneva, Switzerland


International Organization for Migration

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Role of recruitment agencies, malpractice of recruitment agencies and employers, contracts improvement

Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers, Occupations in services - Domestic work, Sales and service occupations - general, Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations - general, Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations - general, Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing, Dancers, and Other

Content types

Policy analysis and Support initiatives

Target groups

Policymakers, Public awareness, Researchers, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Regulation domains

Labour standards, Employment insurance, Remittances and co-development programs, and Recrutement / placement agencies

Geographical focuses

Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan

Spheres of activity

Economics, Law, and Management of human resources