Does the AEC spell open season for skilled workers?

By Sukti Dasgupta, Sanchita Basu Das

December 2014 FEATURE
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With South-East Asian borders becoming porous, skilled workers sit up and twiddle their fingers. But is it really as good as it sounds?With the deadline of December 31, 2015 knocking at our door, there are increasing discussions on the form and bearing of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) on labour markets. Citizens in general are concerned not only about more choices of consumer products but also about employment prospects. This is because the AEC envisions Asean as a single market...

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Sukti Dasgupta

is the senior economist and head of ILO’s Regional Economic and Social Analysis Unit, Bangkok. She led the ILO team that prepared the Asean report, Asean Community 2015: Managing Integration for Better Jobs and Shared Prosperity.

Sanchita Basu Das

is a fellow and lead researcher (Economic Affairs) at the Asean Studies Centre, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore. She is the coordinator and editor of the ISEAS-ADB publication, The Asean Economic Community: A Work in Progress.