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“Like my own children???: Cross-border motherhood of Filipina domestic helpers in Malaysia

The paper aims to explore the phenomenon of female transmigration from the Philippines to Malaysia, particularly in relation to the import of their widespread employment in domestic service. This new diaspora provides extended dimensions to the studies of women’s participation in the labour market, household and reproduction across national boundaries.  Publication: 4th International Malaysian Studies Conference; 3-5 August 2004, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi.  Author: Lee, Michelle.

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The need for a clear long-term Foreign Labour Policy

Migrant workers will, no doubt, continue to feature strongly in the Malaysian economy for some time. In this respect, Malaysia needs a clear and comprehensive long-term foreign labour policy, setting out the short-medium- and long-term targets and strategies that would be consistent with its restructuring goals of shifting towards high tech and skill industries. And more importantly, regulations need to be strictly enforced. With a clear long-term road map and advance warning, labour intensive firms could then plan ahead and adjust, to remain competitive.  Publication: MIERScan, 14 March 2005. Author: Chew, Kevin. 

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Migrant Workers in Malaysia: An Overview

Malaysia is a net importer of migrant workers. It exports highly-skilled labour on a long-term or permanent basis and imports low to medium-skilled contract migrant workers. The latter form an overwhelming majority of cross-border labour flows and the incidence of irregular migration is high among the less-educated and less-skilled migrants. Hence, the policy focus on labour migration has been on managing migrant labour flows to maximize growth and facilitate structural adjustment and minimize the negative consequences on economy and society. Striking a balance between the short-term and long-term needs of the economy has been a complex policy challenge.  Publication:  Paper presented by Vijayakumari Kanapathy at the Workshop on an East Asian Cooperation Framework for Migrant Labour, Kuala Lumpur, 6-7 December 2006.  Author:  Vijayakumari Kanapathy. 

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