Protection of the rights of migrant workers: key issues

In their role as countries of origin of migrants, most countries in South and South-West Asia face the dilemma of promoting overseas employment and protecting their workers abroad. In a few of these countries, efforts are being made to improve migration policies and make them sensitive to migrants’ rights (MFEPW 2008).

The protection of the rights of migrant workers is therefore a key concern, which is often considered to be the responsibility of the host countries. However, countries of origin can and should also play a role in improving the rights of migrant workers.


1 Nicola Piper, Senior Researcher, Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, Freiburg, Germany, Pia Oberoi, OHCHR Migration Adviser, and Heike Alefsen, OHCHR Regional Office for South-East Asia