Migrant Health Workers Are on the COVID-19 Frontline. We Need More of Them.

AUTHORS: HELEN DEMPSTER AND REBEKAH SMITH

This post was first published at the Center for Global Development

Worldwide, the health worker profession relies on migrants. But policy often restricts their movement. The COVID-19 outbreak has shown that, under crisis, many of these barriers are more malleable than policymakers make them out to be.

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Introducing an Outcomes-Based Migrant Welfare Fund

AUTHORS: REBEKAH SMITH AND RICHARD JOHNSON

Current migration systems encourage migrants to take on debt and service providers to behave poorly, undermining the development impact of labor mobility. We propose a Migrant Welfare Fund that partners with impact investors to pay service providers for outcomes in connecting migrants to jobs, creating a rights-respecting and self-financing system.

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How Can Japan Meet Its Goal of 500,000 Foreign Workers by 2025? By Contracting Out Labor Mobility Programs

AUTHORS: REBEKAH SMITH AND ANITA VUKOVIC

This post was first published at the Center for Global Development

To combat a “super-aging” society, Japan plans to admit 500,000 foreign workers by 2025. But the country faces significant implementation gaps, which could be solved through contracting work out.

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The Benefits of ‘Untying’: How to Move from Employer- to Occupation-Specific Work Permits

AUTHORS: REBEKAH SMITH AND ANITA VUKOVIC

This post was first published at the Center for Global Development.

Untying’ work permits can reduce workers’ vulnerabilities, strengthen their wages, and improve employer productivity. But these benefits can only be realized if practical barriers to changing employers are removed. Here, we describe how. 

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