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International Organizations and the Instilling of Migrant Workers' Rights Consciousness: a Case Study of Migrant Worker's Attempting to Change a Broken System
by St. George, Victoria, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2016, 106; 28315806
Abstract (Summary)

The objective of this thesis analyzes the influence the UN and ILO have on local migrant focused organizations that assist in the development of rights consciousness in order to progress rights protections. Reviewing the information covered at high-level conferences, local stakeholders’ trainings and engagements, as well as other activities involving migrant workers, presents the impacting affect ILO has on local stakeholders and migrant labor. Through interviews, the migrant workers and employers revealed the knowledge of their rights awareness, involvement in civil society or activism, and the methods through which they sought redress.

Chapter one reviews the labor migration worldwide, identifying the constant challenges migrant workers endure. The State government’s absence of protections and the international community’s solution to labor migration by empowering migrant workers through local organizations will be discussed. Lastly, rights consciousness will be defined, as it applies to the progression of rights. Chapter two provides a case study of Malaysia’s current migrant worker situation in relation to the labor laws and systematic challenges. Each stakeholder’s engagement with migrant workers and influence on migration policy will be reviewed. The thesis focuses on trends of migrant workers rights awareness and consciousness development and the resulting impact on rights progression in the State. Chapter three reveals whether migrant workers develop a rights consciousness and the resulting consequences. The impeding obstacles and future solutions are discussed. The thesis concludes with the summary of why rights consciousness is needed for rights progression and how the UN should continue rights-based approach in implementing policies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kuo, Michelle
Commitee: Perry, Susan
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: International Affairs
School Location: France
Source: MAI 82/8(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Organizational behavior, Social structure, Social research, International Relations
Keywords: International Labor Organization, Migrant worker rights, Migrant focused organization, Labor rights, Rights consciousness, United Nations, Women's rights, Migrant labor
Publication Number: 28315806
ISBN: 9798569958047
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