The Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML)

Established 2007

Objectives

Labour migration is included in all three ASEAN Blueprints: the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint adopted in 2007 (calls for the free flow of skilled labour), the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC) Blueprint (calls for close cooperation of the sectoral bodies to develop the ASEAN Instrument to protect and promote the rights of migrant workers), and the ASEAN Social-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint (provides for the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers as well as women, children, older persons and persons with disabilities) adopted in 2009.  To realize one of the strategic objectives of ASCC, the ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML) was institutionalized to convene on a regular basis as a platform for broad-based discussions on migrant labour issues under the auspices of the ASEAN Committee on the Implementation of the Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Worker (ACMW). 

The AFML brings together key stakeholders in labour migration in the ASEAN, including the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) tripartite constituents - government, employers’ and workers’ organizations - as well as the ASEAN Secretariat, civil society and international organizations.  It gathers annually to discuss, share experiences, build consensus on the protection of migrant workers issues committed under the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers (Cebu Declaration, 2007), and concludes with the adoption of Recommendations that bring life to the provisions of the Cebu Declaration.  The Cebu Declaration calls on countries of origin and destination to ensure the dignity of migrant workers by outlining their obligations in the areas of: (i) protection from exploitation, discrimination, and violence; (ii) labour migration governance; and (iii) the fight against trafficking in persons. 

AFML’s objectives are: (i) to share stakeholder experiences, challenges and good practices in the implementation of AFML Recommendations; (ii) to examine in detail Articles of the Cebu Declaration that pertain to the obligations of both countries of origin and destination, and (iii) to draft and agree on new Recommendations arising from discussions of the thematic sessions. 

 

Current Focus

  • Labour migration
  • Combatting human trafficking
  • Combatting labour exploitation
  • implementation of the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers
  • implementation of the ASEAN Labour Ministers’ Work Programme 2010–2015, 2016-2020
  • establishment of an open platform for discussion and the exchange of views, with specific attention to the access to information for the protection of the rights of migrant workers

Members

(Government officials, employer organizations, national workers’ organizations/trade unions, CSOs from 10 Member States)
 

Current Chair: Malaysia

Member States (participants are two officials from each Member State from ministries and agencies responsible for migrant labour)

Employers’ Organizations

Ten representatives from national employers’ organizations (one from each Member State)

one regional organization of employers representatives (ACE) working on migrant labour in ASEAN Member States, nominated by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV)

 

Workers’ organizations / trade unions

Ten representatives from national workers’ organizations/trade unions (one from each Member State)

Regional trade unions/organizations of workers representatives who are working on migrant labour in ASEAN, nominated by the ILO Bureau for Employers’ Activities (ACT/EMP).

 

CSOs:

Ten representatives from national CSOs (one from each Member State)

up to three regional CSO representatives who are working on migrant labour issues or representative of migrant workers’ groups based in ASEAN countries, nominated by the TFAMW.

 

Observers:

Observer States of ASEAN

Papua New Guinea United States
Timor-Leste Bangladesh
China Canada
Japan Mongolia
South Korea North Korea
Australia Pakistan
India Sri Lanka
New Zealand   European Union
Russia    

Observer Organizations

ASEAN Secretariat
International Labour Organization (ILO)
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
The Task Force for ASEAN Migrant Worker (TFAMW)
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
Note: Selected resource persons and experts also attend AFMLs on an ad hoc basis

Secretariat

ASEAN Secretariat
70A Jalan Sisingamangaraja
Jakarta, Indonesia

Contact Information

ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Building, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Tel. +66 2288 1234, Fax. +66 2288 3062
Email: apmigration@ilo.org,
Web: http://www.ilo.org/asia

 

Website:
To be developed

 

Recent Meetings

8th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour ““Empowering the ASEAN Community through Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers”, 26-27 October 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

8th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour National Tripartite Preparatory Meetings, 16 September 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

 

Previous Meetings

7th AFML “Towards the ASEAN Community by 2015 with enhanced measures to protect and promote the rights of migrant workers”, 20-21 November 2014, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

6th AFML “Enhancing policy and protection of migrant workers through data sharing, and adequate access to the legal and judicial system during employment, including effective complaints mechanism”, 26-27 November 2013, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

5th AFML “The protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers: Towards effective recruitment practices and regulations”, 9-10 October 2012, Siem Reap, Cambodia

4th AFML “Development of a public campaign to promote understanding, rights and dignity of migrant workers in countries of destination: Return and reintegration and development of sustainable alternatives in countries of origin”, 24-25 October 2011, Bali, Indonesia

3rd AFML “Enhancing awareness and information services to protect the rights of migrant workers”, 19-20 July 2010, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

2nd AFML “ASEAN Declaration on migrant workers: Achieving its commitment” , 30-31 July 2009, Bangkok, Thailand

1st AFML, 24-25 April 2008, Manila, Philippines (theme: Institutionalization of the AFML)

 

Related Links:

http://www.ilo.org/asia/WCMS_214213/lang--en/index.htm

http://www.asean.org

 

Principal Documents

Recommendations of the 8th AFML
ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers (Cebu Declaration, 2007)