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date: 31 May 2020

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Asia included 60 percent of the world’s people but less than 30 percent of the world’s international migrants in 2010. The major migrant-receiving countries represent migration extremes. Japan has very few migrant workers, while Gulf oil-exporting countries rely on migrants to fill over 90 percent of private sector jobs. Singapore is most similar to non-Asian industrial countries, welcoming skilled foreigners to settle but rotating low-skilled foreigners in and out of the country. The Philippines is the major Asian labor sender, deploying almost 1.5 million workers a year abroad, while India and China are the leading recipients of remittances from citizens abroad.

Keywords: international labor migration, migrant workers, Asia, Pacific Rim

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