migration

Migrant Workers Day: Strong with a Union in Hong Kong, SAR

When Pobsuk Gasing migrated to Hong Kong, SAR from Thailand in 1991 for employment as a domestic worker, her employer was abusive, she says. Yet Pobsuk was unable to change jobs because breaking her contract meant losing her legal right to stay in the country. Her husband had died and she needed the salary to… [READ MORE]

Good Jobs, Worker Rights Key to Human Development

Equitable and decent work for all and strategies such as promoting collective action, trade unionism and other worker rights are essential to achieve worker well-being, according to a report by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) released today. “People are the real wealth of nations, and human development focuses on enlarging people’s choices,” according to the… [READ MORE]

Organizing Key to Assisting Migrant Workers

More than 300,000 domestic workers in Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China have migrated from the Philippines, Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries seeking jobs to support their families. Recent high-profile instances of employer abuse against these domestic workers—unpaid wages, 24/7 working hours, and even physical assault—offer a glimpse into the migrant crisis that… [READ MORE]

Labor Migration: A Solidarity Center Conference

In Malaysia, up to 40 percent of workers are migrants from other countries. Over in Bangladesh, more than 600,000 workers migrate each year for jobs, and at least 5 million Bangladeshis currently work in other countries. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries on the Arabian Peninsula rely on migrant labor to fill more than 90… [READ MORE]

ILO Report: Trafficking and Forced Labor Are Unacceptable

  • July 30, 2015
  • Jeff C. Wheeler

Global demand for the services of domestic workers, including household workers, caregivers and cooks, has been steadily rising in recent years. Yet as the International Labor Organization (ILO) shows in a new report on migrants from South Asia, domestic workers, especially women migrant workers, remain an “unrecognized and invisible” part of the labor force. Further,… [READ MORE]

Trafficking Report Boosts Uzbekistan Ranking

The U.S. State Department boosted the ranking of Uzbekistan in its Trafficking in Persons report, while keeping Turkmenistan at a higher ranking than human rights activists believe is warranted. Earlier this year, the Solidarity Center was among 30 global unions, business associations and nonprofit networks urging the U.S. State Department to ensure its Trafficking in… [READ MORE]

U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report Upgrades Malaysia

Thailand is failing to comply with minimum standards to address human trafficking, while Malaysia is “making significant efforts” to eliminate human trafficking, according to the U.S. State Department in its annual Trafficking in Persons Report released today. The State Department retained Thailand on “Tier 3,” the report’s bottom ranking, and upgraded Malaysia from Tier 3… [READ MORE]

Migration Conference News

  • July 4, 2015

  Let’s Create a Global Civil Rights Movement, August 12, 2015 Migration Driven by Lack of Stable Employment, August 12, 2015 Migrant Workers Empowered by Forming Unions, August 12, 2015 ‘You Don’t Lose Your Rights When You Leave a Country,” August 11, 2015 Vulnerable Workers Targets of Gender-Based Violence, August 11, 2015 ‘Marginalization of Migrant… [READ MORE]

Trafficked Boat Victim: ‘I Survived by Eating Leaves’

  • June 5, 2015
  • Mushfique Wadud

Selina Begum, 60, traveled from Bangladesh’s northeast Narshindi district to Dhaka, the capital, for one reason, she says: “I want to know the whereabouts of my son.” Selina’s son, Taizul Islam Rakib, 22, is among the thousands of workers and their families who have migrated overseas to find jobs. Selina says she glimpsed her son… [READ MORE]

‘Policy Creates Forced Labor, Workers Create Change’

Mércia Silva, director of Brazil’s InPacto, an organization focused on eradicating forced labor in businesses and their supply chains, often must meet with owners and managers of companies where forced labor exists. But she doesn’t approach them “with theory,” she says. “I take a photograph of a worker working under extremely difficult conditions and I… [READ MORE]