On behalf of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Louise Arbour, I would like to express our gratitude for the invitation to this regional workshop, which we think is a step forward towards increasing international cooperation on human rights issues in general and the rights of migrant workers in particular. [ More... ]
Migrant workers, especially those in lower skilled and lower paid jobs, can be potentially vulnerable to exploitation by unscrupulous employers or employment agents. Both the source and host countries have a part to play to strengthen the regulation and management of such workers. [ More... ]
In 2005 the total number of migrants originating from ASEAN was estimated at 13.5 million, 39 per cent of whom were in other ASEAN member countries. In 2006 more than 148 million of ASEANís 262 million workers did not earn enough to lift themselves and their families above the standard US$2 per person per day poverty line.
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