New Prospects in Regional Health Governance: Migrant Workers' Health in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Volume 3, Issue 2, pages 336-350, May 2016

Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University

15 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2016

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Marie Nodzenski

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Kai Phua

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Nicole Bacolod

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Date Written: December 30, 2015

Abstract

The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has potential in creating regional health governance frameworks. Yet in light of the ASEAN Economic Community 2015, pressing challenges remain. Further integration will likely lead to increased movements of migrants. Protecting the health of migrant workers is thus key to ensure that regional integration's objectives of economic growth and political stability are met.

With the potentially negative repercussions of unhealthy migration on ASEAN's economic and political integration, much effort should be directed towards further social integration. Why and how should a regional framework to protect migrant workers' health be negotiated through ASEAN? A key to the successful ASEAN regional framework for migrant workers' health, which is also a key challenge for the region, is the effective inclusion of various stakeholders involved in the protection of migrant workers' health. ASEAN will play a crucial role in coordinating initiatives and in creating common standards regarding treatment of migrant workers.

Keywords: ASEAN, regional governance, migrant workers, health, integration

Suggested Citation

Nodzenski, Marie and Phua, Kai and Bacolod, Nicole, New Prospects in Regional Health Governance: Migrant Workers' Health in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (December 30, 2015). Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Volume 3, Issue 2, pages 336-350, May 2016, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2811976

Marie Nodzenski (Contact Author)

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Kai Phua

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Singapore 117591
Singapore

Nicole Bacolod

National University of Singapore (NUS) ( email )

1E Kent Ridge Road
NUHS Tower Block Level 7
Singapore, 119228
Singapore

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