Nicola Piper

About Nicola Piper

Nicola Piper is Senior Research Fellow at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute at Freiburg University in Germany, external advisor on migration research at the UN Research Institute for Social Development in Geneva, and Vice President of the Global Migration Policy Associates. She has published extensively on gendered migration, migrant rights, and global governance of migration.
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Regional cooperation and integration

It is time for binding agreements on migrants’ rights in Asia

Migrants Rights in Asia
Migration flows within Asia are of considerable size. According to the ILO (2006), between 1995 and 2000, 40% of the 2.6 million to 2.9 million Asian migrant workers (registered and undocumented) went to other countries in Asia, including the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) where Asian migrant workers made up 40% to 70% of the labor force in 2000. Unfortunately more recent data are not available, but the significance of intra-Asian migration constitutes a continuing trend. This post follows the definition of “Asia” used by the United Nations, which includes countries in the Middle East. The migration system in Asia is primarily based on temporary migration largely of low-skilled and semi-skilled workers, facilitated by private recruitment agencies (Wickramasekara 2006)