Free Movement of People in ASEAN

  • 22/12/2011
  • Publications > Factsheets
The Association of South-East Asian Nations ("ASEAN") intends to establish an "ASEAN Community" by 2015, including the ASEAN Economic Community (the "AEC") that will aim to deepen and accelerate regional economic integration in priority sectors. One of the primary concern as regards establishing a single market is the implications that it will have upon the free movement of people and labor within ASEAN. The AEC envisages the "free flow of skilled labor"and provides for its regulation; however, free movements of "unskilled labor"is not protected. Cambodia should use its position as ASEAN chair to advocate for the same standard of harmonization and protection for unskilled labor as for skilled labor and for the establishment of a human rights mechanism.