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As ASEAN continues to grow as a single market, labour mobility and ensuring safe labour migration remain priority issues for the region. Facilitated by the Enhanced Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument (E-READI), the first EU-ASEAN Dialogue on Safe Labour Migration was held in 2018. On 20 April 2021, the EU supported the launch of a comprehensive study on the management of incoming workers in the ASEAN Member States, both in legislation and practice.

The Comparative Study on Laws and Policies in the Management of Migrant Workers in ASEAN examines the labour laws and policies in all ASEAN Member States and provide recommendations to address the identified gaps, as a way to further harmonise migration measures in ASEAN.

While ASEAN is still predominantly a region of departure, with over 20 million emigrants, recent estimates showed a shift with increasing immigration levels from 3.2 million immigrants in 1990 to over 5.8 million by 2017.

According to EU Ambassador to ASEAN, Igor Driesmans, the findings from the study will also contribute to the promotion of dialogues and exchange between the European Union and ASEAN, ‘International organisations, ministries and other stakeholders of our two regions will be able to use this data to influence policy and improve the lives of migrant workers within all of ASEAN’, he remarked.

‘Using the findings of this study, we, the agencies incharge of labour, immigration, security, vocational education and mutual recognition can work together in opening up the cooperation potentials in strengthening the management of migrant workers to promote greater mobility as well as to benefit more fully from the skills and talents of the incoming migrant workers,’

said Deputy Minister Le Van Thanh of Ministry of the
Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MOLISA), Viet Nam.

the comparative study here:


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