MADE Asia

"In the face of diminishing spaces where civil society can interact and shape political agendas globally and in Asia, MADE offers an anchor of support to advocates for migrants’ rights."

Tatcee Macabuag, Migrant Forum in Asia

Activities in Asia are coordinated by Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) whose secretariat is based in the Philippines.

Building on years of collective organizing for migrant workers’ rights in the region and internationally, for example through Migrants Rights International, activities in Asia aim to advance the migrants rights and development agenda in the region, following the priorities of the 5-year 8-point Plan of Action.

A specific focus for the region is on safe and decent labout migration and regulating the migrant labour recruitment industry closely linked to the activities of  the Working Group on Labour Migration and Recruitment, also coordinated by MFA.

All civil society organizations working in the field of migration, migrants' rights and human development in Asia or with an interest in the region are welcome to join and participate upcoming regional events, advocacy actions and other activities.

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Priorities 2016

  • Continue gathering data and publishing regional reports, advocacy papers, events and campaigns to implement the Regional Action Plan adopted in December 2014 around 3 priorities 
  1. Protection of migrants in crisis
  2. Reform of the industry of the recruitment of migrant workers
  3. Asia and the Post-2015 agenda
  • National advocacy actions in Cambodia and Sri Lanka on protection of the rights of migrant workers through the MADE Pilot Fund 
  • Organize national consultations as preparatory meetings for the 2016 GFMD in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Organizing consultations to provide inputs to inter-governmental processes
  • Finalize and publish the Asia regional report on migration and development
  • Widening the scope and reach of the Working Group to include members from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas

Activities 2014-2015

  • Regional civil society meetings in Malaysia and Jordan in  December 2014. Two action plans to be executed during 2015-2016 were adopted as direct outcomes of these meetings:
    • Action plan on post-2015, migrants in crisis and regional advocacy
    • Action Plan focused on Recruitment
  • Coordinated a civil society statement among Asian countries to the governments attending the Migrants in Countries in Crisis Initiative Conference in March 2015.
  • Coordinated a South Asia Sub-Regional Consultation on Migration and the Post-2015 Development Agenda in Bangladesh in April 2015. During this consultation, the participants drafted a set of indicators for the migration-related goals and targets adopted by the Open Working Group (OWG) of UN Member States.


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Related News


MADE Asia - Summary of Activities 2016

MADE Asia coordinator MFA (Migrant Forum in Asia) always stands for the guiding principle: Migrants’ rights are human rights. MFA are constantly reminding international governments and employers that the rights of all migrant workers are guaranteed by the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Convention on the Protection of Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families and other international conventions. 2016, there was still a lot to do along these lines and MFA has achieved some great successes.  

Tdh Consultation on Youth on the Move in Dhaka ahead of GFMD

Terre Des Hommes, the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit and the Bangladesh Civil Society Coordination Committee jointly organized a national consultation on youth in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 25th of July. Despite the security concern, a large participation from a diverse section of the society has made the event an engaging and thought-provoking platform for the diverse attendees and policy makers who joined the consultation.

Zero Fees Campaign - Almost 200 signatures

The MADE Working Group on Labour Migration & Recruitment, coordinated by Migrant Forum in Asia recently launched a petition to the Nepalese government to stand firm on an important law passed in 2015 obliging foreign employers to bear the visa and flight ticket costs for Nepali migrant workers that they hire. A related activity, just-launched, is an online discussion on temporary labour migration programs, in which they are interested to hear from migrant workers, those working with migrant workers, or anyone with an interest in this topic.



Related Events


People's Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights

The People's Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights (PGA) will take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 6 to 10 December, 2016.

Colombo process meetings

The Colombo Process is a Regional Consultative Process on the management of overseas employment and contractual labour for countries of origins in Asia. The Fifth Ministerial Consultation will take place on 25 August 2016 and the Fourth Senior Officials' Meeting on 24 August 2016.

2016 Asia Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights

The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights is convening it's first UN Asia Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights from 19 to 20 April 2016 in Doha, Qatar. This year’s Regional Forum includes the rights of migrant workers as part of its agenda.