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The Domestic Workers Convention 2011: Implications for Migrant Domestic Workers in Southeast Asia


  • Pau Khan Khup Hangzo
  • Alistair D.B. Cook


The recent International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers (Domestic Workers Convention 2011) offers an opportunity to finally address the longstanding issue of the protection of the human and labour rights of migrant domestic workers. This NTS Insight evaluates the responses of four Southeast Asian states – Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore – to the Convention. It highlights continuing differences between labour sending and labour receiving countries in terms of their responses, and suggests that ASEAN could play a significant role in bridging that gap and promoting the adoption of universal standards and practices. [RSIS Insights]. URL:[]

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  • Pau Khan Khup Hangzo & Alistair D.B. Cook, 2012. "The Domestic Workers Convention 2011: Implications for Migrant Domestic Workers in Southeast Asia," Working Papers id:4969, eSocialSciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:ess:wpaper:id:4969
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    1. Battistella, Graziano & Park, Jung Soo & Asis, Maruja M.B., 2011. "Protecting Filipino Transnational Domestic Workers: Government Regulations and their Outcomes," Discussion Papers DP 2011-12, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
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