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Digital technologies are making it easier to access information and connect people. They offer tremendous opportunities to simplify, secure, and accelerate the migration process for the growing population of migrant workers in the Asia-
Pacific region.
The use of digital tools and platforms has spread across all sectors of our societies, including in the management of labour migration and services provided to migrant workers.
Women and men migrant workers themselves are using apps and digital spaces to find jobs, connect with their communities and to transfer money home. Making regular migration more attractive
Digital migration management platforms can help reduce the cost and time induced by formal recruitment processes, which too often pushes many women and men to migrate through informal, undocumented, and unsafe channels. When digital management platforms also store important documents – such as work contracts, payment slips or medical certificates – they create a record of agreements, a so called ‘digital trail’. This can be useful if disputes about contract terms, repayments or other issues arise between a migrant worker and an employer or recruitment agency. Other good practices that are emerging are the use of digital solutions for managing support services to migrant workers’ throughout the migration cycle, including legal support, welfare assistance and online training opportunities.
In addition to making the bureaucratic procedures simpler, more affordable and transparent, migrant workers can use digital technology to share knowledge and information. Online networks can provide peer-to-peer assistance to migrant workers and help them to organize.