Public Attitudes to Migrant Workers

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In 2010 Rapid Asia carried out a four-country study with general population in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Korea to look at attitudes towards migrant workers. The study was commissioned by the ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. A consistent inverse relationship was found between negative attitudes towards migrant workers and the extent to… Read more »

Migration Outcome Index

Photo credit: Undocumented Cambodian migrants arrive by train at Anranya Prathet, Thailand prior to onward transportation to the border. © International Organization of Migration 2014, Joe Lowry

Photo : Undocumented Cambodian migrants arrive by train at Anranya Prathet, Thailand prior to onward transportation to the border. © International Organization of Migration 2014, Joe Lowry Proponents of labor migration argue that migration brings more benefits than disadvantages for those migrating overseas to work. Despite risks of labor abuse, exploitation, and in some cases… Read more »

Public Discussion on the Outcomes of Labor Migration in South-East Asia

Two of the authors and an independent migration expert will discuss the research findings presented in "Risks and rewards: Outcomes of labour migration in South-East Asia" a recently published report by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and Rapid Asia. In particular, they will discuss the newly developed Migration Outcomes Index  and its focus on  measuring changes in the lives of migrant workers beyond economics to better understand the contribution of the migratory experience to development in the region.

Event’s date and time: January 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm In 2017 ILO, IOM, and Rapid Asia conducted a study to obtain a better understanding of the factors that shape migration outcomes in Southeast Asia. The study interviewed over 1800 returnee migrant workers from Cambodia, Viet Nam, Lao PDR and Myanmar who had been employed… Read more »

Good Practice Guidelines for Social And Behavioral Change Communications Practitioners And Communications Professionals

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Rapid Asia was one of the contributors to the creation of the Good Practice Guidelines developed for social and behavioural change communications practitioners working on reducing demand for wildlife products. The guidelines recognises the importance of good monitoring and evaluation practice in order to inform communication initiatives. The publication was made possible through the support… Read more »

Risks and rewards: Outcomes of labour migration in South-East Asia

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In 2017, Rapid Asia conducted a study on behalf of ILO and IOM to obtain a better understanding of the factors that shape migration outcomes in Southeast Asia. The study interviewed over 1800 returnee migrant workers from Cambodia, Viet Nam, Lao PDR and Myanmar who had been employed in Thailand or Malaysia. The findings are… Read more »

Migration Helps to Reduce Poverty

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In the aftermath of the Europe migration crisis, BREXIT, and the US election, migration has become an even more topical issue. Those opposing migrants in their countries often resort to gross generalizations aimed to slander migration, such as how migrants take away local jobs, engage in criminal activities, and have a negative impact on the… Read more »

Findings of country-wide Study on the Lao Youth by Rapid Asia on Behalf of GIZ

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In 2015, Rapid Asia did a Study on the Expectations and Aspirations of the Lao Youth. The research used primary and secondary data to analyse youth expectations and perspectives. Primary data was collected through quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, specifically surveys among the youth and key informant interviews among selected stakeholders. The data collection for the Study… Read more »

Rapid Asia Plays Role in Demand Reduction for Wildlife

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During 2013-2016 Rapid Asia conducted a number of demand reduction impact surveys for USAID’s Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking (ARREST) program. The surveys played a key role in the overall evaluation of the iTHINK Campaign to reduce demand for various wildlife products such as ivory, tiger parts, pangolin, bear bile etc. See GAO… Read more »

Is Thailand Facing Another Migrant Exodus?

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Photo: 2014 Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha Thailand has some 3–4 million migrant workers that fill the gap for much needed low-skilled labor and companies in several sectors are dependent on these workers. However, a recent Royal Ordinance issued on June 23, 2017, has sparked concerns among employers. Although the proposed penalties under the Royal Ordinance have been… Read more »