13th – 17th September 2021
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Hong Kong Time
ICF is happy to announce another virtual workshop this September. Due to the ongoing pandemic and travel restrictions in place, ICF will keep its program virtual for now. On the upside of the situation, the workshop participants will not be limited to one country, as it would be with a face-to-face workshop. It will be open to the entire region.
According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), in 2017 there were 164 million migrant workers worldwide. The largest share of migrant workers, around 33%, originates from Asia and the Pacific. Labor migration often reflects basic human motivations as the desire for a decent life and physical and financial security. Covid-19 uprooted millions of migrant workers in Asia through lost jobs, lockdowns and mobility restrictions, and border closures. Migrant workers, especially those without formal employment contracts, are often the first to lose their jobs, leading many to return home. Due to border closures, not all workers were able to return home. Consequently, many of them are stranded abroad. The workers who made it home are facing little opportunities and hope for the future amidst declining economies. Migrant workers also play a vital role when it comes to their home and host countries’ economies. The pandemic does not only cause the loss of jobs, but in many countries, migrant workers experience different treatment in comparison to local nationals when it comes to social protection, COVID-19 relief, and income support. In many cases, they are not included in the government provision of their host countries for subsidies and other aid and relief assistance. In addition, they faced further discrimination due to prejudice towards their country of origin. Sometimes, the situation forced them into cramped living conditions, especially in times when authorities enforced social distancing. Moreover, the ongoing pandemic does not only put migrant workers at a greater risk to contract the virus; it also exposes many existing injustices (non-formal employment contracts, exploitation, and abuse to name just a few) that migrant workers have to contend with.
Considering their predicament today, ICF seeks to raise the consciousness of the young people on the struggles of migrant workers, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This virtual seminar-workshop aims that the participants from various religious traditions and ethnic backgrounds will be able to –
- Explain how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the lives and livelihoods of migrant workers in Asia;
- Identify the underlying issues afflicting the migrant workers that are exposed during the pandemic, such as labor rights, job security, working conditions, and many others;
- Examine the impact migrant workers have on the economies of their host countries and home countries;
- Assess the extent of the role of governments and labor organizations in supporting migrant workers; and
- For those interested, create a doable proposal for an educational or advocacy activity within their communities on the issue of Migrant Workers.
Who can participate?
If you want to attend as a regular participant, you will have to commit and actively participate in the full week of sessions and submit one written reflection after the workshop.
Criteria for the written reflection:
- Write one reflection after the 5 Day workshop (submit the latest by the following Monday 20th of September, use the format)
- A reflection is not a mere summary of what has been discussed but rather your own thoughts on the matter (you reflect on what you heard, learned, and what has been talked about)
- You do not need to touch on every single sub-topic that was discussed during the 5 days. You can write on a few or just one issue that struck you the most.
- Use your own words
- Write at least one full page
ICF will help cover the cost of the Internet connection for those who actively take part in the full workshop and submit a reflection in line with the above criteria. Those who submit proposals in line with Objective #5 will receive a minimal subsidy for the activity that they plan to do.
Please register here as a regular participant: https://forms.gle/7hFfbokWJd8hvnkg7
Please note that you can also register as a non-regular participant. This means you choose which days you attend, but you may also attend all. You do not have to submit a written reflection. You will, however, not be entitled to an Internet subsidy or a certificate for participation.
Please register here as a Non-Regular participant: https://forms.gle/kr1RXk98YnB7YxXY6
Session Schedule and Resource Person
|Date and Time||Topic||Resource Person|
|Monday, September 13th
7:00-9:00 pm HKT
|How the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the lives and livelihoods of migrant workers in Asia||Eni Lestari, Chairperson, International Migrants Alliance|
|Tuesday, September 14th
7:00-9:00 pm HKT
|Testimonies- the issues that surfaced and exposed during the pandemic related to the situation and rights of the migrant workers||Teresa Sarmiento, Association of Concerned Filipino Workers (ACTION-Thailand)
Dolores Balladares-Pelaez, Chairperson, United Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL-Migrante-HK); Filipina domestic worker in Hong Kong
|Wednesday September 15th
7-9 pm HKT
|The impact that migrant workers have on the economies of their host and home countries||Sringatin, Asia Migrants Coordinating Body (from Indonesia)
OFW in the United Arab Emirates
|Thursday, September 16th
7-9 pm HKT
|The role of governments and labor organizations in supporting the migrant workers||
Aaron H. Ceradoy, General Manager of Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants.
|Friday, September 17th
7-9 pm HKT
Time for Discussions in break-out rooms
What can we do?