Pillai, Patrick
November 1995
ASEAN Economic Bulletin;Nov95, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p221
Academic Journal
Malaysia reflects the complexity of international migration, being a labour receiver and sender. While foreign workers alleviate labour shortages, lower costs and help fuel growth, uncontrolled access to low-cost unskilled foreign labour can impede economic upgrading and pose political, security and social problems. Migration is likely to increase in the next decade, but the rate and pace of entry will hinge on the political will and institutional capacity of the state to link an effective immigration policy with restructuring goals. This article provides a broad overview of development strategies and their impact on the labour market, describes stocks and flows of mobile labour and their economic, political and social impact, and concludes by examining future trends.


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