12th ADBI-OECD-ILO Roundtable on Labor Migration in Asia: Continuing Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Recovery

Asian Development Bank Institute

Event Description:

Over 169 million migrant workers have been adversely affected by lockdowns, economic slowdowns, and uncertain employment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. These negative impacts highlight widening gaps in migrants’ welfare and working conditions, particularly among those employed in low-skilled, low-paid sectors, including women and children.

Cohosted by ADBI, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and International Labour Organization (ILO), this by-invitation roundtable examined policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis and develop post-pandemic policy recommendations for effective labor migration management in Asia through country experience and best practice-sharing. It covered recent labor migration trends, policy developments, and new related international agreements.



  • Assess the continuous impacts of COVID-19 on labor migration and policy solutions for boosting effective labor migration management in Asia
  • Stocktake new policy developments for post-pandemic regional regulatory frameworks and international agreements seeking to improve labor migration
  • Identify policies for enhancing labor protection and social inclusion based on international standards


Target Participants:



  • Policy recommendations for enhancing labor migration management in Asia
  • Data on labor migration trends and labor market migration policies
  • Joint publication by ADBI, OECD, and ILO
  • Related policy brief and/or blog
  • Presentations materials will be uploaded on ADBI’s website



  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • International Labour Organization

Date and Time:

Day 1: 24 May 2022  08:30-20:30 Bangkok Time
Day 2: 25 May 2022  09:00-17:00 Bangkok Time



Hybrid: Bangkok/Online


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