International cooperation

Countries in the subregion face similar problems that may be addressed collectively in international communities. There is an increasing effort to facilitate collaboration on the protection of migrant workers, access to labour markets and the prevention of irregular migration between origin and destination countries. Orderly migration policies consistent with the basic rights of migrant workers are possible only through cooperation between countries of origin and host countries (Wickramasekera 2002). This international cooperation takes place at various levels: multilaterally between many countries, regionally among the countries of the South and South-West Asian subregion, bilaterally between any two countries in the subregion and unilaterally by any single country in the subregion (Khadria 2005).