Labor Migration

Nepal migrant laborers 

New Study Examines Labor Migration Impact on Social, Political Dynamics in Nepal

March 22, 2017


Over the past decade, Nepal has seen a ten-fold increase in the number of migrant laborers leaving the country to work abroad, and the majority are youth. This phenomenon has led to the exodus of a significant proportion of the country’s working-age population, with the remittances that they send back home making up nearly a third of the country’s… Read more

Cambodian migrant worker in Thailand 

Cross-Border Labor Migration Surges in Cambodia, Raising Risk of Human Trafficking

December 14, 2016


On Monday, Cambodia celebrated a National Day Against Human Trafficking, drawing attention not only to the challenges the country faces, but also to the strides that it has made in combatting trafficking. Last year, Cambodia implemented the first national action plan against trafficking and in June, the U.S. State Department’s annual Trafficking in… Read more


Migrant Child Labor in the Thai Seafood Industry

September 23, 2015


Migrant workers from Myanmar fill a critical niche in Thailand’s multi-billion-dollar seafood industry. As Thais increasingly shy away from shrimp and seafood processing jobs that many consider “3D” work – dirty, dangerous, and difficult – migrants are stepping in to fill these positions.


AEC Skilled-Labor Migration: A Gap between Aspiration and Reality?

August 26, 2015


As ASEAN countries have moved up the technology ladder and the demand for skills has grown, a labor gap has emerged that mirrors the gap between more- and less-developed nations. Higher-income countries such as Thailand, with falling birthrates and greying populations, are suffering from growing labor shortages in sectors such as healthcare and IT, while lower-income countries face burgeoning youth populations and high levels of graduate unemployment.


Report Examines Labor Migration in Nepal

October 1, 2014


In 2013, the number of international migrants worldwide reached 232 million. Over the past decade, Nepal has experienced a surge in migration for foreign employment to destination countries. As more Nepali citizens aspire and depart for foreign jobs, regulators face new challenges in ensuring that the well-being and rights of migrant workers are sa… Read more


Framing Human Trafficking to Address Commoditization of Human Beings

August 13, 2014


The U.S Government’s latest Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Report makes some critical observations in relation to how 187 countries are addressing human trafficking, and how this relates to the larger issues of labor migration and its manifestation into forced labor.


Study on Labor Migration by Nepali and Bangladeshi Migrant Workers

January 8, 2014


According to the UN, an estimated 175 million people are currently living outside of their country of origin, many of whom are employed overseas as migrant workers. A new regional study commissioned by The Asia Foundation examines the patterns and process of labor migration by Nepali and Bangladeshi migrant workers using formal and informal channel… Read more