NeoLiberalism and the Challenges of Managing Labour Migration in Urban Malaysia

Tedong, Peter Aning and Kadir, Abdul Rahim Abdul and Roslan, Kazimah and Lumayag, Linda Alfarero (2018) NeoLiberalism and the Challenges of Managing Labour Migration in Urban Malaysia. International Migration, 56 (5). pp. 151-166. ISSN 0020-7985, DOI

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Labour migration into Malaysia has increased rapidly in recent decades and this has affected Malaysia's government policy in managing migrants’ movement. Interestingly, Malaysia has attracted a high degree of unskilled labour, accompanied by unabated rise of undocumented migrant workers. Mitigating undocumented migration is the main aim of Malaysia's labour migration policy and therefore the focus of Malaysian government. This has impacted on how enforcement agencies work out strategies. These agencies are the forefront of Malaysia's labour migration policy but they faced a number of challenges, such as documentation, finance and manpower capability, and political intervention, which impede their ability to optimize their capabilities in enforcing the Malaysian government labour migration policy. Resolving these challenges and moving towards a long-term labour migration policy will benefit the Malaysian state, its citizens and the labour migrants.

Item Type: Article
Funders: University of Malaya under the Equitable Society Research Cluster (ESRC) research grant RP028C-15SBS
Uncontrolled Keywords: immigration policy; labor migration; migrant worker; neoliberalism; skilled labor
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: Faculty of the Built Environment
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2019 04:39
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2019 04:39

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