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Hun Sen calls for protection of migrant workers in ASEAN

Everyday.com.kh,10 May 2012

PHNOM PENH (Cambodia Herald) -Prime Minister Hun Sen urged Southeast Asia Thursday to protect migrant workers as labor markets are liberalized with the formation of the ASEAN Community in 2015. Speaking at a meeting of ASEAN labor ministers, he said that protecting and promoting the rights of migrant workers was crucial since the free flow of skilled labor was key to the future ASEAN Economic Community. “Broadening cooperation among ASEAN member states is needed to protect migrant workers,” the prime minister said. Hun Sen, who currently chairs the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, noted that ASEAN had already done some work in the area but had not yet reached agreement. As regional economic integration focuses on flows of skilled workers, the prime minister said the challenge was to protect less skilled and unskilled workers. “We should encourage the protection of migrant workers which is in line with the ASEAN statement on human rights to be adopted this year,” he said.

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