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

By Emilyzen Ignacio and Yesenia Mejia

Abstract

This paper examines and compares the various institutional arrangements for regulating migration that have been developed in Indonesia and the Philippines, referring to them generally as “migration infrastructure”. The study sought to determine whether these have any impact on the relative conditions of employment of Filipino and Indonesian domestic workers in Hong Kong.

About the authors At the time of the writing of this report, Ms. Emilyzen Ignacio and Ms. Yesenia Mejia were graduate students in the Masters of Public Policy Program of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, which they have since completed. Previously, they have had various experiences working for non- government organizations and private firms dealing with migrants.

The responsibility for opinions expressed in this working paper rests solely with the author or authors, and publication does not constitute an

endorsement by the International Labour Office of the opinions expressed in them, or of any products, processes or geographical designations

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