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Executive Summary

This Report examines the rights of refugees to gain lawful and safe access to employment in eight select countries in the Asian region: Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, The Philippines, India, Bangladesh, South Korea and Japan (referred to as the “research countries”). The research is aimed at supporting the initiatives of Host International and Asylum Access, Malaysia, two non-profit organizations preparing to launch a detailed report at Global Compact for Refugees in September 2018. The information in the report will be used to support the advocacy efforts to promote refugee work rights with influential stakeholders in the research countries, including governments, the Bali Process, UNHCR, private businesses, other employers, and civil society organizations. This report provides examples of feasible work rights schemes from around the region to support the adoption of better law and policy on this issue.

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