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ASIAN INTER-PARLIAMENTARY CAUCUS ON LABOUR MIGRATION: 2nd Advisory Committee Meeting and Fact-Finding Mission to Malaysia


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 Members of Parliament, Migration Working Group, Migrant Care, Malaysian Trade Union Congress, trade unions, Bar Council Malaysia, the National Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), foreign missions and migrant leaders as part of our investigation.

We identified eighteen recommendations to promote and protect the rights of migrant workers in Malaysia which also includes the quality of life of migrant workers.


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

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP), Migrant Forum Asia (MFA) and the Middle-East Centre for Training and Development are inviting applications for a regional training workshop on migrant workers and the responsibilities of the private sector in the Middle-East, North Africa and Asia. This training course will take place in Dubai, UAE, from 1 May to 4 May, 2014.

The training program will build the knowledge and skills of individuals concerned with the situation of migrant workers in the Middle East. It will build knowledge of relevant international standards and practices and skills in using available mechanisms in their advocacy, and in engaging with private sector actors. The residential program will also provide a valuable forum for the sharing of knowledge and skills, and for the building of support networks.

The brochure and application form can be accessed here. Candidates should fill out the form and email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please include letters of recommendation from two referees. Letters should be a maximum of one page in length. The closing date for application is on 4 April 2014. Applications will be acknowledged soon after receipt. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application soon after the closing date. 


2013 International Migrants Day Statement

18 December 2013

Today, on International Migrants Day, Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) commemorates the contributions made by millions of migrants all over the world and calls on the global community to respect the human rights and dignity of migrant workers and members of their families!

Currently, the number of international migrants reached an all-time record number of 232 million, a notable increase from 175 million in 2000.  In a growing globalized climate, migrant workers are playing a bigger role in building national infrastructures and fueling the engines of economies in countries of destination, as well as back home.  However, we must not neglect the inherent risks undertaken by citizens in their journeys for “greener pastures”.  While today should be a celebratory occasion on the achievements of and for migrants, MFA also acknowledges the hardships faced by migrants in 2013.

2013 Year in Review for Migrants

In September 2013, the Malaysian government launched a special operation to deport an estimated 500,000 undocumented migrants, a majority coming from the South and Southeast Asian corners of the globe such as Indonesia, Burma, Bangladesh, Philippines and Nepal.  Another immigration “crackdown” went into effect at the end of an amnesty period in November, resulting in the arrests, detention, and deportation of millions of Bangladeshis, Indians, Filipinos, Nepalis, Pakistanis and Indonesians from Saudi Arabia. MFA echoes the calls of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of Migrants and claims that detention should never be an automatic response or solution to the “problem” of undocumented workers. MFA calls upon states to move away from the crime prevention framework and to respect and ensure the human rights of undocumented migrants as stipulated in the UN International Bill of Human Rights.


2013 Migrants' Campaign Month

The MFA network commences in November its commemoration of Migrants Campaign Month (MCM), an annual process that particularly highlights migrants’ rights issues and universal ratification of international human rights and labor rights instruments. MCM is now in its thirteenth year.

The MCM covers the following international commemorations:


  • 25 November – 10 December: 16 Days of Activism to Combat Violence against Women
  • 1 December: International HIV / AIDS Day
  • 3 December: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
  • 10 December: International Human Rights Day
  • 18 December: International Migrants’ Day


The MFA network chose to encompass the above international days of remembrance to give emphasis on the connection of migration to the overall discourse of rights and justice. The network has for decades underscores that migration is not an isolated issue but is linked with various dimensions of human rights, peoples’ struggles and humanity. Reports of previous MCM activities can be found in our fourth quarter newsletters.

MFA members and partners are gearing up their advocacy activities for Migrants Campaign Month at the grassroots, national and regional levels. We will keep you posted on these activities and encourage you to take part and draw attention to migrants rights advocacy in Asia and beyond.


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