This issue in brief, A ‘Freer’ Flow of Skilled Labour within ASEAN: Aspirations, Opportunities, and Challenges in 2015 and Beyond, explores how ASEAN Member States are taking steps toward better qualifications recognition to prevent the resulting waste of human capital, in response to the mounting evidence that migrants in the region lack the skills recognition required to put their knowledge and training to use in destination countries.
This issue in brief also examines Member States’ goals versus the challenges they face, as well as the opportunities the region could stand to lose now and in the future if these challenges remain unmet. Realities on the ground—including the fact that around 87 percent of intra-ASEAN migrants are low-skilled workers, the prevalence of irregular migration in the region, and the flow imbalances among states—could complicate realization of the AEC’s already limited aspirations, the authors note.
This issue in brief is the eleventh in a series by the Migration Policy Institute and the International Organization for Migration’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific that is focused on offering succinct insights on migration issues affecting the Asia-Pacific region today. To read earlier briefs in the series, visit: www.migrationpolicy.org/programs/migrants-migration-and-development
To raise the awareness on human rights, Oxford University Press have recently produced a map of pins indicating 50 key human rights international cases from around the world, http://blog.oup.com/2014/12/human-rights-awareness-month-case-map/, each with a brief description and a link to a free article or report on the case. This map provides a quick tour to these cases, highlighting trends and themes, including some positive and some negative. It showcases the variety of international, regional, and national mechanisms and fora for adjudicating human rights claims, and the range of rights that have been recognized.
It’s that time of year again, when the Migration Policy Institute’s online journal, the Migration Information Source, kicks off its annual countdown of the Top 10 Migration Issues of 2014. This year, Migration Policy Institute (MPI) and MPI Europe experts were invited to examine key developments and trends in migration issues and policies around the world.
Herewith the beginning of the countdown:
10. Migration with Chinese Characteristics: Hukou Reform and Elite Emigration
9. The Points System is Dead, Long Live the Points System
8. Changing Landscape Prompts Mexico’s Emergence as a Migration Manager
7. Exploitation of Migrant Workers in Asia
6. Governments Fear Return and Intentions of Radicalized Citizens Fighting Abroad
Be sure to check back next week for the Top 10 Migration Issues of 2014 to see what made the top of the list!
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Also in this issue
Korean Immigrants in the United States
Migration to the United States from the Korean peninsula, largely from South Korea, owes its roots to political, military, and economic factors, with an estimated 1.1 million Korean immigrants in the United States. Korean migration to the United States has stalled in recent years, and even declined, with a small but growing number of immigrants and their U.S.-born children returning to Korea, as this article explores.
Ecuador: From Mass Emigration to Return Migration?
This country profile analyzes Ecuador’s migration trends and examines how remittances and return migration have become an important policy focus for a country with an estimated 1.5 million to 2 million nationals living abroad, chiefly in the United States, Spain, and Italy. As waves of emigration occurred, Ecuador also has experienced significant inflows of refugees and economic and lifestyle migrants.
[Source: Migration Information Source December 4, 2014]
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Gender Equality Data and Statistics
This data portal is a virtual goldmine of worldwide statistics on gender, based on data sets gathered by the United Nations and the World Bank. Built as a tool for the assessment of World Bank funding of “gender-informed activities,” the information gathered here is useful for researchers of all kinds, as well as anyone curious about how global resources are being allocated by gender. To start, click the Visualize Gender Equality map on the homepage, which visually displays the shifting landscape of labor force participation between 1990 and 2012. The Data Visualization App is home to other related visual aids. Readers can peruse statistics and articles by region (e.g. East Asia & Pacific, Europe & Central Asia, etc.) and by country. Other resources include Thematic Data, Microdata for Researchers, and World Bank Lending Data.
Comparative Mammalian Brain Collections
The University of Wisconsin, the University of Michigan, and the National Museum of Health and Medicine have come together to assemble one of the world’s largest collections of well-preserved mammalian brains. Now readers can access photographs of the brains of over 100 different species and view stained sections of a variety of brains, including those of humans, sea lions, and otters. Readers can scout the site by the List of Specimens, which is organized both by common name and scientific name or read selections about Brain Sections, Brain Evolution, and Brain Development, among other topics. This site will be of interest to biology teachers or anyone with an interest in the fascinating world of mammalian brains.
[Source: Scout Report, Volume 20, Number 46, November 28, 2014]
Immigration Not Decisive in the Midterms, But Results Critical to the Congressional Debate
While immigration and the Latino vote may not have been decisive in the 2014 midterm elections, the Republican takeover of the Senate come January 2015 and increased majority in the House have significant implications for the outcome of the immigration debate. This article examines the changing dynamics and the president’s intent to proceed with executive action to shield some of the unauthorized immigrant population from deportation.
Pacific Island Nations, Criminal Deportees, and Reintegration Challenges
Pacific Islanders with criminal convictions have found themselves deported from Australia, New Zealand, or the United States, which have shifted their immigration enforcement priorities in recent years. This article explores the significant barriers to reintegration that criminal deportees in Pacific Island countries face upon their return, including difficulty accessing community networks and jobs.
[Source: Migration Information Source November 13, 2014]