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Remittance rises in August, thanks to Eid

Posted by jaypee 71 days ago Bangladesh
http://www.thedailystar.net —

Remittance hit a 14-month high in August, mainly due to Eid-ul-Azha, in a development that may bring a sigh of relief for the government.


Last month migrant workers sent home $1.42 billion. The last time this high an amount was remitted was back in June last year, when $1.47 billion was sent. After that, the monthly remittance was $1-1.2 billion.


August's receipts are also a Read More

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Migrants to gain legal status

Posted by jaypee 71 days ago Thailand
http://www.khmertimeskh.com —

The government will send 360 officials to Thailand to implement a 100-day campaign to give illegal migrant workers proper documents, the labour minister said yesterday while also accusing an opposition lawmaker and NGO worker of swaying migrant workers’ votes.


Labour Minister Ith Samheng said at a ministry meeting that officials would issue legal do Read More

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400 stranded workers in Sohar return to India

Posted by jaypee 73 days ago Oman
http://timesofoman.com —

Muscat: Around 400 stranded workers, who claimed they were not paid salaries for months, have arrived home in India.

Workers, who said they had been struggling for food and accommodation for weeks, are now united with their families with help from the Ministry of Manpower and the Indian Embassy in Muscat.

Indra Mani Pandey, India’s ambassador to

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Buying and selling maids online

Posted by jaypee 74 days ago Saudi Arabia
http://www.bbc.com —

Migrant labour in Gulf countries has long been a subject of controversy, and the system that regulates it has now spawned a black market for domestic servants who are bought and sold online.


BBC Trending has discovered that dozens of private Facebook groups are being used to circumvent local laws and regulations. Messages like these appeared rece Read More

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Labor ministry to strengthen foreign worker protections

Posted by jaypee 75 days ago Taiwan
http://www.taipeitimes.com —

The Employment Service Act (就業服務法) is to be amended to further improve protections for foreign workers, the Ministry of Labor said on Friday.


Fines for employing illegal foreign workers would be based on the number of workers, instead of on a case-by-case basis, Cross-Border Workforce Management official Hsueh Chien-chung (薛鑑忠) said.


Fines are currently NT$150,000 to NT$75 Read More

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Govt urged to adopt UN norms on migrant worker protection

Posted by jaypee 77 days ago Indonesia
http://www.thejakartapost.com —

The Jakarta-based Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) hopes the upcoming meeting between the Indonesian government and a United Nations committee on migrant workers will provide momentum for the country to revise its regulations on the protection of migrant workers’ rights.


HRWG program manager Daniel Awigra said the committee may push countries, including Indonesia, to align t Read More

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Qatar enacts new employment law that better protects OFWs

Posted by jaypee 79 days ago Qatar
http://news.mb.com.ph —

Qatar has enacted a new employment law that would provide better protection to the more than 50,000 Filipino household service workers in the Gulf state.


According to Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola, the coverage of Qatar’s new “Domestic Employment Law” has been expanded to now also cover household service workers and Read More

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Migrant workers group asks for action against corruption in issuing ID papers

Posted by jaypee 79 days ago Burma
https://www.mmtimes.com — Thailand-based rights group Migrants Workers Rights Network (MWRN) asked the Myanmar Ministry of Labour to take effective action against the corruption linked to the issuing of Certificates of Identity (CI) in the kingdom.

“Our migrants have to pay for more than the real price at CI issuing stations, which are directly operated by Myanmar officials.


“We met with Myanma Read More