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Philippine Jurisprudence on Overseas Employment, 1995-2015 book now available

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LBB PHILIPPINES is pleased to share with you its second publication “PHILIPPINE JURISPRUDENCE ON OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT(1995-2015).” Following the successful completion and publication of our first compilation, “Selected Philippine Laws, Rules and Regulations on Overseas Employment”, we thought that it is essential to have a companion book in the form of an annotated topical index of cases

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Lawyers Beyond Borders Conducts National Consultation in Lebanon

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Migrant Forum in Asia together with Caritas Lebanon Migrants Center organized the Lawyers Beyond Borders national consultation in Lebanon on March 13, 2016 at Padova Hotel bringing lawyers and advocates to talk about who are working on labour and human rights violation cases of migrant workers in the country. Lawyers joining the “local chapter” in Lebanon

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Packed detention centres due to delay in deporting illegals, deputy home minister says

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1 March 2016, The Malay Mail Online The nationwide crackdown against illegal immigrants enters its twelfth day today, with over 30,000 screened and 9,900 rounded up since February 19. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said while the daily operations, dubbed Ops Hari Hari, are yielding results, the delay in deporting them has resulted

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How changes to the UAE labour laws will affect you

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29 February 2016, The National UAE residents and employers are familiar with adapting to changing rules and regulations. So it was no surprise the new year brought with it three decrees from the Ministry of Labour (MoL) now in place for those employed outside of free zones. The decrees – “standard work contract”, “terminating work

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LBB PH Book Launch Held Successful

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As we celebrate today the 25th Anniversary of the UN’s International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Their Families, the LBB Phil, by way of expressing its support to and solidarity with all the migrant workers, launched its first Book, a compendium of Selected Philippine Laws, Rules and Regulations

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BOOK LAUNCH OF LAWYERS BEYOND BORDERS PHILIPPINES CONFIRMED

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Lawyers Beyond Borders Philippines is inviting everyone to the book launch on “Selected Philippine laws, rules and regulations on overseas employment.” The book launch will be held on December 16, 2015 at Function Room, Amenities Floor, Symphony Tower 1, Sgt. Esguerra St., Timog, Quezon City, Philippines. The book contains compilation of existing laws, rules and

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MFA, MBC Holds 3rd Lawyers Beyond Borders Meeting in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

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Organized by Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) and the Malaysian Bar Council (MBC) with support from the Open Society Foundations (OSF), the 3rd Regional Conference of the Lawyers Beyond Borders Network was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 14-15 November 2015. The meeting concentrated on progress, updates, and information sessions from its local chapters (Philippines,

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Date Confirmed for the 3rd Lawyers Beyond Borders Conference

The 3rd Conference of the Lawyers Beyond Borders  (LBB) Network is scheduled on 14-15 November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel. This year’s meeting will focus on the following key objectives: Review progress on the action plan from the previous Lawyers Beyond Borders Conference Acceleration and facilitation

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Launching of LBB Bangladesh

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  The launching of the LBB Bangladesh was held on July 4, 2015 in Bangladesh. This one-day workshop was centered around capacity building aimed to convened workers and practitioners on labor and human rights violation cases of Bangladeshi migrant workers. Dr. Chowdhury Abrar, Executive Director, Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit presented reports that delved

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Launch of LBB Sri Lanka

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LBB Sri Lanka’s first meeting and launching was held on July 20, 2015 in Colombi, Sri Lanka attended by 22 lawyers who practice in different courts from Colombo and provinces in Sri Lanka. The launch was organized by the MFA and local LBB member, Lawyers Network for Migrant Workers. The report by the Sri Lanka

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LBB Philippines Free Legal Clinic for Migrant Workers

We are very much pleased to inform you that Lawyers Beyond Borders Philippines, Inc., or LBB Phil, has just lauched its Access to Justice Periodic Forum today, 7 September 2015, in partnership with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Regional Satellite Office XII.  The same was participated by 50, more or less, Returning-Overseas Filipino Workers and was

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Resource: Policy briefs on bilateral agreements; joint and several liability

Bilateral Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Members of their Families In recent years, a number of Asian governments have forged bilateral agreements (BLAs) and memoranda of understanding (MOUs) to govern labour migration. These government-to-government agreements are negotiated frameworks to facilitate the recruitment and

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Lawyers Beyond Borders: A Brief History

This narrative presents a brief history of a network thriving to bring justice for migrant workers and members of their families. The Lawyers Beyond Borders (LBB) is a transnational network established by Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) in 2011 in response to the crucial need for more fair and adequate legal redress mechanisms for migrant

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Resource: Policy briefs on the role of missions and shelters

Migrant Forum in Asia issued new policy briefs which are useful for advancing migrants rights advocacy: The role of missions in protecting and promoting the rights of migrant workers There is an evident gap between the perceptions of embassy officials and migrant communities with respect to the role of the foreign mission. Migrant communities and

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News map

This mapping of news aims to show what is happening on the ground, gives visibility to issues of migrant workers and members of their families, and can be one of the evidence base for the push for ratification of the UN Migrant Workers Convention and related human rights and labour rights treaties. Disclaimer: Red markers

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Lawyers Directory

The following is a list of lawyers and migrants rights advocates who, either in their independent or organizational capacities, can provide legal assistance on cases of migrant workers and members of their families. For more information, or if you would like to get in touch with the lawyers listed on this page, please contact mfa@mfasia.org

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[Research] Labour Migrants and Access to Justice in Contemporary Qatar

By Andrew Gardner (University of Puget Sound), Silvia Pessoa (Carnegie Mellon Qatar), Laura Harkness; December 2014 Read the research in these languages: English ; Arabic The 60-page report looks at migrants’ interactions with three primary institutions – the Department of Labour Relations, the Labour Court and the Ministry of Interior. The authors found that only

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Second Lawyers Beyond Borders Conference

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5-7 September 2014 Beirut, Lebanon The Lawyers Beyond Borders network was established by MFA in 2011 in response to the crucial need for more fair and adequate legal redress mechanisms for migrants, and increased coordination among legal practitioners in countries of origin and destination. Members of the Lawyers Beyond Borders network focus on migrant workers’ rights

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RecruitmentReform.org

RecruitmentReform.org is a global online platform that strategically collates information on campaigns, policies and initiatives, events, case studies, news articles, laws, and international conventions related to recruitment. It seeks to continuously update visitors of the realities on migration recruitment and the initiatives that exist to address or in some cases exacerbate these concerns. It is

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[Research] The Kafala system when employers also accepted to share their perspective

Insan Association carried out a study that documents the opinions of a considerable number of employers about the rights and situations of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon. By including employers in the discussion the research sets forward a holistic national dialogue on the rights and duties of migrant domestic workers in the country. Read the

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[Research] Access to Justice for Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon

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The ILO and Caritas Lebanon Migrant Center have conducted an ambitious research to better understand the barriers to access to justice faced by migrant domestic workers in Lebanon.

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New ILO Protocol on Forced Labour

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Dear Friends, Hope all goes well. We are glad to inform you that on 11 June 2014, the International Labour Conference adopted a legally binding Protocol on Forced Labour which aims to advance prevention, protection and compensation measures as well as to intensify efforts to combat contemporary forms of slavery. Please see details below. Migrant

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[Report] Migrant Workers’ Access to Justice at Home: Nepal

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Open Society Foundations launched a study in Kathmandu with the Centre for Labour and Mobility entitled Migrant Workers’ Access to Justice at Home: Nepal. This is the second in a series of studies OSF commissioned on accountability in recruitment and access to legal remedies for migrant workers in their home countries. Read more here

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Regional Workshop on Ethical Business and Recruitment Practices in Labour Migration in the Middle-East, North Africa and Asia

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On 1-4 May 2014 in Dubai, the UAE, MFA held a lawyers’ caucus as a major part of the Regional Workshop on Ethical Business and Recruitment Practices in Labour Migration in the Middle-East, North Africa and Asia. This was a training program for practitioners held in partnership with Migrant Forum in Asia, the Middle East

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2nd Advisory Committee Meeting and Fact-Finding Mission to Malaysia of the Inter-Parliamentary Caucus on Labor Migration

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PRESS STATEMENT 14-16 April 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia We, the members of the Advisory Committee of the Asian Inter-Parliamentary Caucus on Labour Migration representing fifteen countries, met on 14-16 April in Kuala Lumpur for the 2nd Advisory Committee Meeting and Fact-Finding Mission to inquire on the situation of migrant workers in Malaysia. We consulted the

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[Video] Beyond Threads – Garment Workers in Jordan

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Tamkeen produced an orientation video about Bangladeshi migrant workers in the garment sector and their rights according to Jordanian legislation.

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[Report] Breaking the Isolation: Access to Information and Media Among Migrant Domestic Workers in Jordan and Lebanon

 Breaking the Isolation provides an assessment of how migrant domestic workers are using technology to communicate, assert their rights, and collaborate with civil society organizations and governments to improve working conditions. Visit the Open Society Foundations website to learn more about the publication.

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Philippines: bilateral labor agreements and memorandum of understanding

Indonesia – Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Labor and Employment of the Republic of the Philippines and the Department of Manpower and Transmigration of the Republic of Indonesia concerning Migrant Workers, 2003 Japan – Memorandum of Understanding between the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and the Japan International Corporation of Welfare Services on the Deployment and

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Nepal: bilateral labor agreements and memorandum of understanding

Bahrain – Memorandum of Understanding in the Areas of Labour and Occupational Training between the Government of Nepal and the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain, 2008 Qatar – Agreement between His Majesty’s Government of Nepal and the Government of the State of Qatar concerning Nepalese Manpower Employment in the State of Qatar, 2005 Qatar Additional Protocol to

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India: bilateral labor agreements and memorandum of understanding

Bahrain –  Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic of India and the Kingdom of Bahrain on Labour and Manpower Development, 2009 Jordan – Memorandum of Understanding on Manpower between the Government of India and the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, 1988 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Agreement on Labour Cooperation for Domestic Service Workers Recruitment

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Monitoring ratifications of international treaties

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Migrant Forum in Asia has compiled international labor rights and human rights instruments signed, acceded and ratified by Member States in Asia. MFA has been for years campaigning and monitoring the ratifications of rights instruments that protect and promote the rights of all, including migrant workers and members of their families. This data is regularly

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Lao People’s Democratic Republic – agreements and memorandum of understanding

Thailand – MOU between the Government of Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand on Labour Co-operation, 2002 Vietnam – Agreement between the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on Cooperation in Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Persons and Protection of Victims

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Cambodia: bilateral labor agreements and memorandum of understanding

Thailand – Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand and the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia on Cooperation in the Employment of Workers, 2003 Vietnam – Agreement between the Royal Government of Cambodia and the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on Bilateral Cooperation for Eliminating Trafficking in Women and Children

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Myanmar: bilateral labor agreements and memorandum of understanding

Thailand – Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand and the Government of the Union of Myanmar on Cooperation in the Employment of Workers, 2003 Thailand – Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand and the Government of the Union of Myanmar on Cooperation to Combat Trafficking in Persons,

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[Reports] ILO Reports submitted to the 103rd Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC)

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MFA has identified the ILC as a crucial forum that would set the tone for international migration policy and hence, a process the MFA members needed to engage in. In 2004, MFA participated in the ILC General Discussion on Migration. MFA also actively engaged the ILC in the lead up to the adoption of ILO

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7th Annual Meeting on Migration of Asian Parliamentarians

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Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), Friedrich‐Ebert‐Stiftung (FES), Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia, UN Women and the Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs (COWA) convened the 7th Meeting of the Asian Inter-Parliamentary Caucus on Labor Migration focusing on Gender-Sensitive Strategies for Migrant Workers, on 22-24 November 2013, in Bangkok, Thailand. Since 2007, MFA and network partners,

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[Study] Migrant Workers’ Access to Justice at Home: Indonesia

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Migrant Workers’ Access to Justice at Home: Indonesia is the first comprehensive study of migrant workers’ access to justice in their country of origin. A collaborative effort by the Open Society International Migration Initiative, the Tifa Foundation, and the Migrant Worker Access to Justice Project, the report analyzes how migrant workers may access justice in

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2nd Diplomacy Training Program in the Middle East

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The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) and the Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) held its 2nd regional capacity building program on human rights advocacy and migrant workers in the Middle East.  The training program took place 10-14 November 2013 in Doha, Qatar and was hosted by the National Human Rights Committee, Qatar. DTP is an independent

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MFA Policy Briefs

The MFA network produced policy briefs which resulted from discussions and consultations about pressing issues quickly developing in the region: Standardised Employment Contract for Migrant Domestic Workers Reform of the Kafala (Sponsorship) System A Reference Wage for Domestic Workers Detention of Undocumented Migrants in Asia Stranded Migrants Right to Health Social Protection These policy briefs are meant to: Act as

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ILO international legal instruments

All migrant workers are entitled to the rights established under international law in these ILO international legal instruments: Fundamental conventions Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 (No. 87) Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98) Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29) Abolition of Forced Labour Convention,

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Case review of human rights violations in Qatar

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The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants conducted an 8-day country visit (Nov. 3-10, 2013) to the state of Qatar upon the government’s invitation.  As part of the Special Rapporteur’s mandate, Mr. François Crépeau was invited to examine the state of protection for migrant workers in Qatar.  Upon the end of the country visit,

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[Publication] UNWomen publication on “Review of Laws, Policies and Regulations Governing Labour Migration in Asian and Arab States”

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UNWomen published a 2013 position paper, “Review of Laws, Policies and Regulations Governing Labour Migration in Asian and Arab States: A Gender and Rights Based Perspective”.  This publication is a reference manual of the country-specific legal protections for women migrant workers in origin (Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Lao PDR, Nepal, Philippines) and destination countries

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2013 Peoples’ Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights

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The 2013 People’s Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights (PGA) is an independent civil society and grassroots people’s process held in conjunction with the 2013 UN High Level Dialogue on Migration & Development (HLD). This year, the PGA will be held on 30 September (Monday) – 4 October (Friday), at the Church Center

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[Policy Paper] Reforming the “Sponsorship System” for Migrant Domestic Workers: Towards an Alternative Governance Scheme in Lebanon

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Written by Dr. Kathleen Hamill (member of Lawyers Beyond Borders) for KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation, this policy paper analyses the “sponsorship system” (kafala) in place in Lebanon, as this system has been identified as a root cause for the vulnerability of domestic workers to all manner of exploitation, abuse, and mistreatment. The study builds

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[Study] Something is Better than Nothing: Enhancing the protection of Indian migrant workers through Bilateral Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding

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The study deals primarily with MOUs entered into by the Government of India, showing that India’s recent record has been impressive in negotiating many MOUs, and social security agreements and one labor mobility partnership. Yet, it is difficult to find much evidence that the MOUs  and agreements on labor migration have  contributed to improved protection

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United Nations international legal instruments

All migrant workers are entitled to the rights established under international law in these United Nations international legal instruments: United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (1990) Convention Relating the Status of Refugees (1967) Declaration of Human Rights of Individuals

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Countries of destination: laws and government agencies

For laws and government agencies responsible for the rights and welfare of migrant workers in the countries of destination in Asia, see the compilation of links below. Disclaimer: MFA is not responsible for the content of external internet sites. Bahrain | Jordan | Kuwait | Lebanon | Oman | Qatar | Saudi Arabia | Thailand

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Countries of origin: laws and government agencies

For laws and government agencies in the countries of origin responsible for the rights and welfare of migrant workers, see the links below. Disclaimer: MFA is not responsible for the content of external internet sites. Bangladesh | India | Indonesia | Nepal | Pakistan | Philippines | Sri Lanka Bangladesh Emigration Ordinance, 1982 (No. 29

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Frequently Asked Questions on Labour Law and Redress Mechanisms

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During the fist meeting of Lawyers Beyond Borders in Bangkok, the group drew up a series of frequently asked questions that could be used to guide migrant workers, civil society advocates, and NGOs when workers require basic legal advice. The first four questions are as follows: 1.  Are migrant workers protected by the labor law

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5th World Social Forum on Migration

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From 26-30 November, the Philippines will host the 5th World Social Forum on Migration. The World Social Forum on Migration (WFSM) is one of the thematic processes of the World Social Forum (WSF). The WSF is a global process of, and by, social movements, mass organisations, civil society, activists and advocates. As reflected by its slogan,

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1st Lawyers Beyond Borders Program: Building Partnerships for Justice for Migrant Workers

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From 23-25 November 2011, Migrant Forum in Asia and local organizing partner, Human Rights and Development Foundation in partnership with Open Society Foundations (OSF), hosted Lawyers Beyond Borders: Building Partnerships for Justice for Migrant Workers in Bangkok, Thailand. The conference was the first of its kind, bringing together 31 lawyers from the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia who specialize

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