Brian Salant was a Research Assistant with the Migration Policy Institute’s International Program, where his research focused on skilled labor mobility in the ASEAN region, qualifications recognition, and public attitudes toward migration.
Prior to joining MPI, Mr. Salant interned at the Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, where he coordinated youth outreach programs, and later at the Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C. designing exchange programs to nurture social entrepreneurship among youth leaders from around the world.
Mr. Salant holds a master’s degree in European and Russian studies from Yale University, a master’s in EU studies from the University of Ghent, and a bachelor of arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.
As Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States work to facilitate the movement of professionals, the experiences of other countries hold promise for policymakers and licensing bodies in Southeast Asia as they deepen implementation of mutual recognition arrangements (MRAs) that seek to establish a uniform and transparent way of recognizing the qualifications of foreign workers. This report offers key lessons.
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States have approved Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) in the tourism sector and in six regulated occupations to ease the movement of professionals within the region. This report compares the approaches taken to facilitate mutual recognition of qualifications within the region, the factors that shaped each MRA approach, and their tradeoffs and policy implications.
In stark contrast to a Europe that is erecting new barriers and reinstituting border controls, other regions around the world are moving toward greater mobility for intraregional travelers and migrants. Regional blocs in South America and Southeast Asia have been working to ease intraregional movements of workers, and the African Union in 2016 launched a new biometric African passport.
This report by MPI and the Asian Development Bank lays out a realistic roadmap toward freer movement among skilled professionals within the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), encouraging cooperation among ASEAN Member States in recognizing foreign qualifications and making government investments in training and educations systems that prepare workers in accordance with common standards.