Edited by
Fabio Baggio and
Maruja M.B. Asis
Produced by
Scalabrini Migration Center
March 2009

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EAST ASIA

CHINA PR

  • Labor stoppages, issues plague Chinese market

  • Chinese overseas tops 45 million

  • Policy to lure more skilled foreign workers adopted

JAPAN

  • New immigration amendment draws protests

MACAU SAR

  • New labor law bans tourists from working

NORTH KOREA

  • US ranks North Korea among worst human trafficking countries

SOUTH KOREA

  • Rights of irregular migrants need to be respected – private sector

  • Foreign workers’ average pay lowest in wage scale

  • Migrant workers to receive free training

TAIWAN

  • Direct hiring to be allowed

  • Taiwan, Indonesia tackle migrant worker abuse

CENTRAL ASIA

 

KYRGYZTAN

  • Ethnic unrest now a looming humanitarian crisis

     

SOUTH ASIA

BANGLADESH

  • Remittances top $10B mark

  • Government enters recruitment market

  • Rohingya issue central in talks with Burmese

INDIA

  • Officials frown upon new Australian policy

  • UK to cap highly-skilled Indian workers

  • Number of Indian refugees is on the rise

  • Biometrics to be utilized by 2014

  • India in US trafficking watch list

NEPAL

  • US tags government in trafficking cases

  • Informal channels blamed for low remittances

  • ‘Dual threat’ hounds Tibetan refugees

  • Nepal stripped of visa-free entry to Macau

PAKISTAN

  • Remittances reach record high

SRI LANKA

  • Colombo warns Australia of Tamil boat

  • Qatari labor market opens up to Sri Lankans

  • US concerned over human trafficking in Sri Lanka

PACIFIC

AUSTRALIA

  • Asylum transport fares reach nearly $8M

  • Australia, Indonesia form pact to fight human smuggling

  • New PM says no to big population

  • Education officials worried about policy directions

NEW ZEALAND

  • Annual net migration slows for 4th straight month

  • No cap on foreign workers needed – immigration

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS

  • New foreign labor law criticized

     

 

SOUTHEAST ASIA

CAMBODIA

  • Government to monitor recruitment agencies

INDONESIA

  • Indonesia wants greater ASEAN focus on migrant workers

  • Lawmakers call on Australia for solution to refugee crisis

  • Minimum wage for workers in Malaysia eyed

MALAYSIA

  • New economic plan wants highly-skilled foreigners

  • Businesses anxious about levies on migrant labor

  • AI slams Malaysia’s refugee record

PHILIPPINES

  • Remittances continue to increase

  • New president vows to rethink labor migration

  • UN highlights need to end human trafficking

  • Filipino children to be repatriated

  • Gov’t reassures distressed workers in Jeddah

SINGAPORE

  • Singapore refutes US trafficking report

  • Liberal policies able to attract highly-skilled labor

  • Rights groups clamor for law changes

THAILAND

  • PM orders crackdown on unregistered workers

VIETNAM

  • Remittances top $1B

  • Ho Chi Minh set to deport irregular workers

  • Irregular workers flood Pearl River Delta

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

GENERAL

  • Four-nation free trade zone created

AFGHANISTAN

  • One in four refugees is Afghan – UN

BAHRAIN

  • Number of irregular workers goes down

  • Bahrain urged to support pact on domestic workers

IRAQ

  • UN says refugee issue still a concern

ISRAEL

  • Opinions divided on deportation of migrants’ kids

KUWAIT

  • Government told to probe trafficking

OMAN

  • Keeping migrant workers’ passports made illegal

  • Amnesty for irregular workers extended

SAUDI ARABIA

  • 1.5M migrant workers recruited during recession – official

  • Over 1,000 foreigners nabbed for passport-related offenses

UAE

  • UAE lauded for anti-human trafficking efforts

  • Remittances to third countries down

  • Crackdown on irregular migration gets boost