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Managing labour migration: The case of the Filipino and Indonesian domestic helper market in Hong Kong 5

¾ Conduct a strategic review on the role of private recruitment agencies on the FDH market. Regulation of the private sector on the FDH market has been loosely upheld by the Philippine, Indonesian and Hong Kong governments. Focus should be shifted towards understanding the impact these agencies have had, and continue to have, on migrant worker rights and welfare.

¾

Push for regional agreements to formal bilateral or regional accords

tackle enforcement gaps.

have

been

signed

between

Currently, no

the

sending

and

receiving measures

states studied. As persist, threatening

a result, persistent loopholes the safety and security of this

or counterproductive vulnerable group. In

order to achieve the two and migration standards be sought.

previous objectives, shared conceptions of employment in the form of regional (or bilateral agreements) should

¾ Continue to perfect and expand data collection which measures the impact of migration infrastructures on the welfare of overseas migrants. Little remains known about the effect labor migration policies and systems have on overseas workers –especially those in low-status sectors such as domestic work. Collecting reliable data is a tremendous challenge but an important feat. This should include the compiling of baseline statistics detailed in this analysis, worker perceptions and satisfaction of state provided services, etc.

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