Achieving Skill Mobility in the ASEAN Economic Community: Challenges, Opportunities, and Policy Implications

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The Migration Policy Institute, together with the Asian Development Bank, has released a report that shows a series of key barriers that need to be overcome in order to ensure free movement in the ASEAN member states and to reduce the risk of falling behind in a competitive and skills-driven global economy.

"The challenge ASEAN Member States face is threefold. First, the complexity of the qualifications recognition process essentially discourages professionals who move within the region from having their professional and academic credentials assessed and recognized. Second, professionals face restricted access to the ASEAN labor market due to national-level barriers such as constitutional provisions reserving particular occupations for nationals, and complex and opaque requirements and procedures for employment visas. Finally, many professionals themselves have limited interest in moving within the region due to perceived cultural, language, and socioeconomic differences."

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Asia and the Pacific

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  • Migration and national development plans

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34 pages

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Migration and Local Governance

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