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ASEAN building consensus

  • Tama Salim

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 11 2017   /  01:23 am

Southeast Asian diplomats are confident that ASEAN will come to a consensus on the adoption of a region-wide instrument on migrant worker protection, but experts have argued that a bilateral approach is equally important in overcoming this cross-border conundrum.

ASEAN is currently in talks to introduce a follow-up mechanism to a decade-old declaration on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers, also known as the Cebu Declaration.

Efforts to move this agenda forward have stalled due to differences of opinion between countries that send migrant workers and countries that receive them.

ASEAN sending states favor a legally binding instrument to underpin an effective framework for the protection of migrant worker rights, while receiving countries appear allergic to the possibility of granting protections to foreign migrant workers, especially undoc...