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How are migrant workers discriminated against in South Asia? ILO's WIF programme shares findings



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The background paper reviews evidence that discrimination in the world of work is not only characterized by socially deviant cases of discriminatory abuse but is rather intrinsic to the way various market economies and political systems are structured. It also provides a review of how certain laws, policies and practices are drivers of migration in countries or areas of origin of migrant workers and how other sets of laws, policies and practices in destination areas of migrant workers absorb them into the lower echelons of the labour market forming a new working class and widening labour hierarchies.

The background paper was authored by Igor Bosc, Dr. Jens Lerche, Dr. Alpa Shah, Miranda Fajerman and Dr. Neha Wadhawan. The presentation was followed by questions and answers and a discussion. The opening remarks were delivered by Philippe Vanhuynegem, Branch Chief, Fundamentals, ILO Geneva. To read the full report, please see Understanding patterns of structural discrimination of migrant and other workers in some countries of South and West Asia.
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