Social protection for migrant workers

Online discussion on access and portability of social protection for migrant workers: Background document

This online discussion will discuss the situation of millions of Asian migrant workers who, for one reason or another, also suffer the disadvantage of not being able to enjoy benefits from social protection already being enjoyed by national workers. Of particular interest is the question of “portability” of entitlement to social security since most Asian migrants are on short-term contracts and temporary work visas.

The conditions of the migrant workers admission as guest workers in foreign countries seldom, give them the opportunity to earn entitlement to a wider range of social protection.