BRUSSELS, 29 May 2017 - The ASEAN Committee on the Implementation of the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers (ACMW) and the ASEAN Secretariat participated in the study visit to the European Union (EU) on migration issues on 22-26 May in Brussels and Antwerp, Belgium.

During the visit, the ACMW representatives exchanged views with the EU Commission’s European Union External Action Service and Directorate-Generals in charge of international cooperation and development, employment, migration and home affairs. The issues discussed include the EU’s governance of intra-EU labour mobility and governance of migrants from third-country nationals to the EU; skills development agenda particularly the European Qualifications Framework; regional cooperation and advocacy on undocumented migrant workers; and response to trafficking in persons, including assistance to victims. Participants also shared experiences and perspectives of ASEAN and Member States about these issues.
“This study visit provided us an appreciation of the EU being a Dialogue Partner of ASEAN for many years, benefitting ASEAN Member States not just in trade negotiations but also in other areas of concern including political, security and socio-cultural aspects,” said Attorney Brigido J. Dulay, Deputy Administrator of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration of Department of Labor and Employment of the Philippines.

The ACMW also visited the Ministry of Justice of Belgium, International Centre for Migration Policy Development, FOYER (an NGO focusing on promotion of diversity), European Trade Union Institute, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants and Payoke (an autonomous government organisation and official centre for victims of trafficking in persons and smuggling with aggravating circumstances).

The study visit is an activity under the Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument (READI) Human Rights Facility.