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The 4th ADBI-OECD-ILO Roundtable on Labor Migration in Asia: Building Human Capital Across Borders

Monday, 27 January 2014

08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 10:15

Special Event hosted by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, in the context of the 50th Anniversary of Japan's Membership in the OECD
Session Chair: Yoshimasa Toosaka, Deputy Director, Foreign Workers' Affairs Division, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan

Welcoming Remarks: Atsuko Muraki, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan

Presentation on "Progress of Japanese Policy on the Acceptance of Highly Skilled Human Resources"
Natsuko Horii, Director, Foreign Workers Affairs Division, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan

Discussion and Q&A Session

Masahiro Kawai, Dean & CEO, ADB Institute
Alcestis Abrera-Mangahas, Deputy Regional Director, Policy and Programmes, ILO
Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

Closing Remarks: Junichi Okazaki, Director-General, Employment Security Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan

10:15 - 10:30

Group Photo and Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:45

Keynote Speech: James A. Mirrlees on "International Migration and Human Capital Formation"

Session Chair: Masahiro Kawai, Dean & CEO, ADB Institute

Q&A Session

11:45 - 12:15

Session 1: Trends and Outlook for Labour Migration, Remittances and Labour Demand in Asia in 2012-2013
This session will focus on the trends in migration from, to and within the region. Remittances will be covered in this session as well as the labour market outlook and demand for migrant workers in Asia. Questions addressed include: how has migration been affected by the global crises? What are the recent trends in migration and policies? How have remittance flows been affected by changing labour markets and opportunities in destination economies?

Session Chair: Yuqing Xing, Director, Capacity Building and Training, ADB Institute

Building Human Capital Across Borders
Jonathan Chaloff, Administrator, International Migration Division, OECD

Labour Migration Landscape in Asia - Recent Trends in Migration and Policies
Nilim Baruah, Senior Migration Specialist, Regional Office for AP, ILO

Trends and Outlook for Migration and Remittance Flows Worldwide
Dilip Ratha, Manager, Migration and Remittances, Head of KNOMAD, World Bank

12:15 - 12:30

Q&A Session

12:30 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:45

Regional Presentations:
Trends and Characteristics of International Migration: Taking PRC as a Destination
Lihua Pang, Associate Professor, Institute of Population Research, Peking University, PRC

Cambodia's Labour Migration
Touch Eng, Director, General Affairs, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Cambodia

Labour Migration in Asia
Saeed Ahmed, Director Labour Welfare, Labour & Manpower Department, Government of Balochistan, Pakistan

14:45 - 15:15

Open Discussion

15:15 - 15:45

Session 2: Higher Education and International Mobility of Graduates
As youth enrolment in tertiary education increases, more Asians are studying abroad. In addition to traditional OECD destinations, intra-regional international study is increasing. Universities are trying to increase international enrolment through English language education and other responses. Whether graduates stay, return home, or move on to a third economy after graduation is a key question. What are economies doing to support international study by their youth and in their universities, to retain graduates or to attract them back home?

Session Chair: Masahiko Hayashi, Deputy Assistant Minister for International Policy Planning, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan

International Mobility of Students in Japan
Mitsuhide Shiraki, Professor, Faculty of Political Science & Economics, and President, Institute for Transnational Human Resource Management, Waseda University, Japan

The Future of the World's International Education
Azusa Tanaka, Head of Education Office, British Council, Japan

15:45 - 16:00

Q&A Session

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 - 17:15

Regional Presentations:
Labour and Professional Migration to Taipei,China
Hsiang-Fen Chen, Section Chief, Department of Planning, Council of Labour Affairs, Taipei,China

Higher Education and International Mobility of Graduates - India's Experience
A. Srija, Director, Labour and Employment, Planning Commission, Government of India

17:15 - 17:45

Open Discussion

18:00 - 20:00

Dinner Reception

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

09:15 - 9:45

Session 3: Linking Labour Migration with Human Capital Development
There is a widespread interest in the region to support higher-value labour migration. Skilled migrants are more welcome in destination economies, are easier to protect and may provide more remittances and other returns. Training systems may prepare for opportunities abroad, and pre-departure training may be built into recruitment models or bilateral agreements. Training while working abroad - language, but also workplace skills, or even entrepreneurial skills for return - may also complement labour migration. What have been the experiences with orienting training systems for emigration? What kinds of training are appropriate for those abroad in preparation for return and reintegration?

Session Chair: Jean-Christophe Dumont, Head, International Migration Division, OECD

MobiPro-EU: a labour market programme in the context of the German skilled labour force strategy
Farid El Kholy, Senior Political Advisor, Division II a 6, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany

Linking Labour Migration with Human Capital Development... A Pacific Island Case Study
Janice Wykes, Chief Economist, Strategic Policy, Evaluation & Research Branch, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australia

9:45 - 10:00

Q&A Session

10:00 - 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:15

Regional Presentations:
Managing labour migration under the ASEAN Economic Community: Key Issues
Giovanni Capannelli, Special Advisor to the Dean, ADB Institute

Recent Trends and Policies on Labour Migration in Sri Lanka
Wallaba J.L.U. Wijayaweera, Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Labour Relations, Sri Lanka

Regional Presentation: Macao
Fung Kwan, Head, Department of Economics, University of Macau, Macao, China

11:15 - 11:45

Open Discussion

11:45 - 12:30

Session 4: Impact of Migration and Remittances on Health and Education of Children and other Family Members in the Economies of Origin
A large share of remittances are invested by families in the education of their children and spent on healthcare for family members. At the same time, evidence suggests that the lack the support from the parents, notably when the mother is overseas, can affect negatively the wellbeing of children in economies of origin and their success at school. What are the evidence of the net effect of migration on human capital investment in economies of origin and what sort of policies can help to mitigate potential negative effects and increase positive outcomes?

Session Chair: Andrea Rossi, Regional Adviser Social Policy, UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia, Nepal

The Impact of Parental Migration on Children's Education and Health Outcomes
Xin Meng, Professor in Economics, Research School of Economics, Australian National University , Australia

The Impact of Parental Overseas Migration on the Well-being of Children in Countries of Origin: The Case of Thailand
Aree Jampaklay, Associate Professor, Mahidol University, Thailand

12:30 - 12:45

Q&A Session

12:45 - 14:15


14:15 - 15:00

Regional Presentations:
Impact of Migration and Remittances on Health and Education of Children and Family Members Left Behind: Philippine Perspective
Imelda M. Nicolas, Chairperson, Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Philippines

Labour Migration and Remittances: A livelihood strategy for Bangladesh
Md Hazrat Ali, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment, Bangladesh

Labour Migration of Viet Nam
Huong Viet Pham, Director of Planning and Finance, Department of Overseas Labour, Viet Nam

15:00 - 15:30

Open Discussion

15:30 - 16:00

Session 5: Managing Labour Migration : The Case of the Agriculture and Fisheries Sector
One of the main sectors of employment of migrant workers is agriculture and fisheries. This may be in non-skilled occupations, where workers gain little human capital for their time abroad. On the other hand, employment may also be in high-productivity or high-technology environments. How is recruitment of migrant labour and employment and working conditions in agriculture and fisheries different from that in other sectors? Are migrant workers from agricultural and fishing regions in their origin economies? What can be the returns to low-skilled work abroad in terms of human capital? Can technology and techniques be learned to improve these sectors in the origin economies?

Session Chair: Keiko Kamioka, Director, ILO Office for Japan, Tokyo

Employment and Working Conditions of Migrants from Southeast Asia in the Fishing Sector
Max Tunon, Project Coordinator, ILO TRIANGLE Project, Bangkok

Managing Labour Migration: The Case of the Agriculture and Fisheries Sector
Catherine Bailey, Immigration Program Manager, Citizenship and Immigration Canada

16:00 - 16:15

Q&A Session

16:15 - 16:45

Coffee Break

16:45 - 17:30

Regional Presentations:
Labour Migration with Human Capital Development in Myanmar
Khin Nway Oo, Director, Department of Labour, Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Myanmar

Strengthening Labour Migration Governance and Regional Cooperation
Chirapun Gullaprawit, Acting Senior Advisor in Policy and Plan, National Economic and Social Development Board, Thailand

17:30 - 18:00

Open Discussion

18:00 - 18:15

Closing Remarks: Yuqing Xing, Director, Capacity Building and Training, ADB Institute

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