Futures of Labour Migration

Many migrant workers are in a situation of abusive dependence. Their conditions of work are often marked by severe exploitation, serious breaches of rights and pervasive discrimination. In political debates of their receiving countries, they find themselves objects of denigration, fear and hostility. Yet, there has been a sustained increase in labour migration globally: migrant workers continue to migrate in the hope that their journeys will result in better lives for themselves and their families; receiving countries continue to rely upon their work, so much so that key industries in these countries would collapse if migrant labour were completely withdrawn.

Joo-Cheong Tham joins Huw Thomas in the studio to discuss the contemporary realities of labour migration as well as the potential for labour provisions in trade agreements to improve labour standards across borders.

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