Workers without borders
Free movement of skilled workers in an integrated Asean economy will result in winners and losers, while the more pressing issue of unskilled migrant labour is not addressed.
Labour mobility has been touted as one of the most significant features of the Asean Economic Community, which is scheduled to take effect in late 2015, but the loss of skilled workers from lower-paying countries to those with higher wage levels remains a concern for many.
Cambodian workers crowd the train platform in the border town of Aranyaprathet as they prepare to flee home amid rumours of a crackdown in Thailand.
Skilled workers in eight professions — doctors, dentists, nurses, engineers, architects, accountants, surveyors and tourism professionals – will find it easier to work across borders or in other Asean countries once the AEC takes effect.
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