Labour Migration from Colombo Process Countries
H.E. Phadermchai Sasomsub, Minister of Labour, Government of Thailand
H.E. Kazi Imtiaz Hossain, Ambassador, Government of Bangladesh
H.E. Linglingay Lacanlale, Ambassador, Government of the Philippines
Andrew Bruce, Regional Director, IOM
Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias, IOM Regional Research Officer and MPI Policy Analyst
Since 2005, Colombo Process (CP) Member Countries have taken concrete, proactive steps to manage labour migration. Despite successes in key areas, challenges remain, especially surrounding implementation. There is often a gap between the stated aims of policy measures and their application on the ground. Indeed, policymakers in CP Member Countries face a formidable task: creating efficient and equitable migration systems that benefit labour migrants and their families while contributing to long-term economic growth and development in both source and destination countries.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Migration Policy Institute (MPI) hosted an event to discuss these critical issues and launch IOM and MPI’s project, Issue in Brief, a monthly joint-publication series offering succinct insights on migration issues affecting the Asia-Pacific region today. Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias presented the key findings of the series’ first issue Labour Migration from Colombo Process Countries: Good Practices, Challenges, and Ways Forward while discussants reflected on their experiences and shared their insights.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM)