This article is about International migrant workers in Southeast Asia countries.
- UN Women _ Asian and the Pacific 2019
Globalization, demographic changes and variations in supply and demand of labourers across countries contribute to the flow of migrant workers from origin to destination countries. Migration trends have been on the rise, particularly in the Asia and the Pacific region. Currently, the total stock of international migrants in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is 9.9 million; of those, nearly 6.9 million people have moved between countries within the region.
Despite the majority of women migrant workers having either a primary or intermediate level of education (87 per cent in Brunei Darussalam and 91 per cent in Malaysia), available data on migrant employment by occupation (not disaggregated by sex) confirms that migrant workers are largely concentrated at the bottom of the occupational skills ladder, i.e. in low- or medium-skilled manual labour.