A World Without Forced Migration: Migrants and Development Justice

By APMM Thursday, 31 July 2014

Why Migrants Should Support the Call for Development Justice

International Migrants Alliance (IMA)

Campaign for People's Goals for Sustainable Development (CPGSD)

Currently, there are 232 million international migrants in the world and this is projected to increase in the coming years. This includes migrant workers and immigrants who are mainly in agriculture, industries and the service sector. This number does not yet include the millions more irregular (or undocumented) migrants, as well as refugees.

Present-day migration is a result of inequities existing in the world perpetuated by policies of neoliberal globalization.

Flight of Cambodian migrant workers from Thailand is forced, not voluntary

By APMM Thursday, 31 July 2014

Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM), a regional migrant center, wishes to voice its concern about the massive flight of Cambodian migrant workers from Thailand.

Thailand government should recognize the mutual responsibility between countries as to their citizens’ economic and social well being. Human right must be adhered and shall be given mutual process and recognition.

Aquino gov't. and Akbayan wax hypocritical on Singapore “maid auction” issue

By APMM Wednesday, 09 July 2014

The appearance of a news item in Al-Jazeera last June 27 on the auctioning off of maids in a Singaporean mall raised predictable reactions from the Philippine government and its Akbayan allies. In effect, they underreacted by speciously condemning the form but not the essence of reprehensible practices by placement agencies in the “Lion City”, and by doing so are trying to deflect the issue from the bigger crime of systematic labor exportation of Filipinos. They want to remain blameless in the public eye while continuing to feed needy Filipino compatriots to the lions.

Singapore placement agencies are known to be some of the most predatory in East Asia and operate in one of the most liberalized economies in the region. They overcharge job entrants unscrupulously, and systematically circumvent foreign worker quotas by faking their client's employment credentials, often with virtual impunity.

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