The University of Nottingham's Taiwan Studies Programme presents a talk by Dr. Bonny Ling, Research Fellow with the Institute for Human Rights and Business and Advisory Board Member of Human Rights at Sea.
Stigma and Hate in the Time of COVID: Migrant Rights in the Asia-Pacific
Hybrid mode: Streamed online and speaker on campus in person in Room E07 Monica Partridge Building, University Park
12:30-3:30 lunch provided in Room E07 Monica Partridge Building, University Park
13:30-15:00 talk starts online and in Room E07 Monica Partridge Building, University Park
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates, in its Asia–Pacific Migration Data Report for 2020, that 83 million people from the region were living outside their countries of birth, representing close to 30 percent of the world’s international migrant population. In the last two years of COVID, working and living through the pandemic for the migrants in the region have meant an amplification of their structural marginalisation, owing to issues of their persistent stigma and discrimination. Yet, migrant labour in the Asia-Pacific is important not only for the vast global supply chain but also for many crucial, but difficult and low-paying, domestic sectors. This talk explores the experiences of migrant workers during COVID in the Asia-Pacific. Emphasis will be placed on the rights of migrant workers from both international and regional human rights perspectives, as well as how the issue of migration and rights is perceived in the wider discourse about their belonging and inclusion, or, conversely, hate and exclusion.
Dr. Bonny Ling is a Research Fellow with the Institute for Human Rights and Business and Advisory Board Member of Human Rights at Sea, an international NGO that raises awareness of human rights abuses in the maritime sector. Previously at the Centre for Human Rights Studies, University of Zurich in Switzerland from 2014-2019. She has worked in the UN system and in international civil society. She holds a Ph.D in Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, M.Phil (Cantab) in Criminology and MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University. She wrote her PhD in Law on human trafficking and China and is an expert on human trafficking and contemporary slavery. She also consults as a legal analyst on responsible business conduct with a focus on Asia; and has served as an international election observer in East Timor and for the OSCE. She writes on human rights, migrants, business responsibilities and international relations and development; and is a strong advocate for the responsible recruitment of migrant workers.