Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/5435
Title: Labour migration in Southeast Asia: migration policies, labour exploitation and regulation
Contributor(s): Kaur, Amarjit  (author)
Publication Date: 2010
DOI: 10.1080/13547860903488195
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/5435
Abstract: Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand are Southeast Asia’s economic development success stories and have been shifting towards an intra-regional bias on trade and migration matters. All three countries are heavily dependent on foreign workers and have government-mediated migration policies for their continued economic growth and prosperity. Managing migration is a major problem facing these countries, and the guest worker programme is increasingly seen as the optimal solution to fill labour market gaps. Migration policies often provide incentives for skilled workers, boost circular migration flows among low-skilled guest workers and include stringent border-control regimes to exclude unauthorised migration. The guest worker programme is also reliant on networks and intermediaries, and brokerage fees contribute to less-skilled migrant workers’ marginalisation and exploitation. Changes in global migration governance, the inclusion of migrant labour exploitation under the banner of trafficking and the threat of economic sanctions are increasingly resulting in interstate cooperation and more humane border regimes.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, 15(1), p. 6-19
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISSN: 1469-9648
1354-7860
Field of Research (FOR): 160303 Migration
160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
140202 Economic Development and Growth
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 950502 Understanding Asias Past
940304 International Political Economy (excl. International Trade)
910102 Demography
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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