Domestic helpers from the Philippines line up at a remittance centre in Hong Kong. While international worker remittances are rightly regarded as an Asian phenomenon, it is also endemic to Mexico and becoming increasingly important in Europe. Photo: AFP
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Inside Out by David Dodwell

Why even Donald Trump can’t stop the march of overseas workers, and the money flows going home

  • For the first time, international worker remittances have topped overseas funds sources for developing economies. This is not a passing trend
  • Ageing advanced nations will fuel greater demand for international labour, and the lack of work opportunities back home will ensure a steady supply

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Domestic helpers from the Philippines line up at a remittance centre in Hong Kong. While international worker remittances are rightly regarded as an Asian phenomenon, it is also endemic to Mexico and becoming increasingly important in Europe. Photo: AFP
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Nguyen Quoc Phi died after being shot nine times by a policeman in Taiwan. Photo: Handout

Migrant worker’s death at hands of Taiwan police highlights failings in labour system

  • Wealthier parts of Asia have long relied on foreign workers, but Vietnamese man’s death highlights how vulnerable they are to exploitation and abuse
  • Police officer shot runaway migrant nine times during confrontation, but was given a suspended jail term on the grounds of his inexperience
Topic |   Taiwan

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Nguyen Quoc Phi died after being shot nine times by a policeman in Taiwan. Photo: Handout
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