Regional Approaches to Labor Migration: MERCOSUR and Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Comparative Perspective

Usanee Aimsiranun


In the past two or three decades, intraregional migration has become a predominant feature of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR). In both continents, low and semi-skilled labor dominates intraregional migration and the majority of them are employed in informal sectors in an irregular status. Facing with rather similar challenge regarding intraregional labor migration, the two regional blocs have never the less adopted quite different approaches on labor migration. This paper compares the MERCOSUR and ASEAN legal frameworks on labor migration with the focus on the rights to reside and to employment as well as the protection of migrant labor’s rights. Examining the shortcomings, the innovation, and the good practices of each regional approach to labor migration, the paper aims to draw useful lessons for the purpose of strengthening regional frameworks on labor migration.

Aus. J. Law. Ethi & Gov. Vol 4(1), April 2018, P 1-9.


Association of Southeast Asian Nations; Equal Treatment; Labor Migration; MERCOSUR; Regional Cooperation; Residence

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