Labour Market Policy in an Age of Increasing Economic Integration
The report reviews trends in labour market policies in ASEAN Member States and their
main trading partners between 2010 and 2015. Policy-makers have invested significant
effort in addressing some of the decent work challenges in the region between 2010
and 2015. In areas such as social protection and active labour market policies, national-level
approaches have been positively influenced by ASEAN Declarations on these subjects.
Despite extensive progress in many areas, significant policy gaps still remain. Workers
who are more vulnerable to exploitation, such as migrants, minorities or informal
workers, were the focus of only a small proportion of these policies during the period
This report highlights the need for continued dedication by policymakers to the improvement
of labour market institutions and programmes. This commitment to the advancement of
the Decent Work Agenda in the region could also benefit from further ASEAN-level actions
focusing on labour and social issues.