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[Excerpt] Free trade, free capital flows, and free labor mobility are the eventual objectives of globalization. Among these, free labor mobility is the most challenging one, due to culture, politics, and sovereignty. To promote labor mobility in Asia and improve the welfare of migrant labor globally, the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have been holding an annual Roundtable on Labor Migration in Asia since 2011. As a new partner, the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the International Labour Organization (ILO) joined the 2013 Roundtable “Assessing Labor Market Requirements for Foreign Workers and Developing Policies for Regional Skills Mobility” held in Bangkok on 23–25 January 2013. The participation of the ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific further strengthened the influence and visibility of the roundtable. Experts on labor migration from various organizations and government officials in charge of labor migration from both Asian and non- Asian countries participated. Besides a general analysis on labor migration trends in Asia, the 2013 roundtable focused on issues related to skilled migrants. This report summarizes major policy issues raised during the roundtable and future challenges for enhancing skilled labor mobility and protecting the rights of low-skilled migrant workers.


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Sen, K. (2014). Labor migration, skills & student mobility in Asia. Tokyo: Author.

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