The employment and working conditions of migrant domestic workers in South East Asia

August 2015 - June 2016
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ILO – UN women study on ‘The employment and working conditions of migrant domestic workers, as compared to standards in ILO Convention No. 189 and attitudes towards domestic workers in Thailand and Malaysia

This research is being undertaken at time of positive changes in national regulations protecting domestic workers in the context of the adoption of ILO C189 and attempts to further develop indicators of forced labour/trafficking in persons/unacceptable forms of work. It will investigate how to affect social mobilization and public awareness on the rights of domestic workers. The challenges of such an investigation are well known: this is a largely informal sector and the private household is difficult to regulate; domestic workers can be difficult to access, and the more vulnerable they are the more difficult to access; there is no sampling frame so it is not possible to be representative; employers can be reluctant to come forward, and those who do are likely to be unrepresentative in their attitudes and so on.

Principal Investigator

Professor Bridget Anderson, Research Director, COMPAS


Emma Newcombe, Head of External Relations, COMPAS

Will Allen, Research Officer on Public Opinion


International Labour Organisation (ILO)