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Labor Migration in Asia: Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis and the Post-Pandemic Future

This report analyzes the labor migration trends in Asia and puts them in the context of economic and policy developments and the changes wrought by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. It examines the policy settings in the major origin and destination countries of labor migrants and the medium- and long-term factors that will shape the future of labor migration in Asia. It further provides important recommendations for building back better in a post-pandemic world. The report offers up-to-date comparative statistics on labor migration flows, including evidence on the impacts of COVID-19 on flows and remittances. Two statistical annexes offer detailed country fact sheets and coverage of intra-Asia and cross-regional migration flows. The report also includes discussions on the future of labor migration in the aftermath of the pandemic and the role of technology and digitalization in labor mobility and its management.

Date of Publication
Type of Resource
Report
Target Audience
Academia
Civil Society
Government
Intergovernmental Organization
Migrant Association
Source / Publisher
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
International Labour Organization (ILO)
Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
Language
English
Geographic Scope
Regional
Region
Asia
Workstream Output
No
Regional Review Process
No
GCM Objectives
Cross Cutting Theme
International cooperation
Rule of law and due process
Gender-responsive
Whole-of-government approach
Whole-of-society approach
SDGs
SDG.8 - Decent Work And Economic Growth
Keywords
COVID-19 and migration
Labour migration
Status
Published

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