[Off the shelf] FES’s Study on Women Migrant Workers in the ASEAN Economic Community -MFA

FES’s Study on Women Migrant Workers in the ASEAN Economic Community -MFA

Migrant Forum in Asia’s FES’s study on “Women Migrant Workers in the ASEAN Economic Community”. The study was done in partnership with UN, ASEAN Secretariat, the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower and with the support of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). To download the study, please click on the following link:


The study examined the intra-ASEAN migrant women’s labour mobility trends, access to and outcomes in labour markets, the contribution to ASEAN economies and high-growth sectors, and the challenges of social and economic inclusion.

The study revealed the increasing numbers of women among migrant workers as a constant trend in ASEAN which shows the significance of women’s economic role and contribution to ASEAN economies. However, these migrant women are found in low-skilled professions which represent a significant proportion of majority of migrant workers workforce in the region which raises questions about gender inequalities as women suffer from poor working conditions.

The study shows the benefits of progressive migration policies with a gender perspective on national and regional level. In the context of the ASEAN Economic Community, the study calls on governments to expand the focus to service sectors that are high employees of migrant women and to develop mechanisms for mutual recognition and regulation of labour in law wage/low skills.

The report also reviews the current migrant governance frameworks at national and regional level, providing actionable evidence-based policy recommendations to benefit from women’s labour mobility, provide fair and equitable migration opportunities for women, and enhance regional social and economic development.

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