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East Asia must embrace greater labor mobility after the pandemic

Countries need to maximize the overall economic contribution of migrants

| East Asia
Vietnamese migrant workers made jobless and homeless by the pandemic queue for lunch at Daionji Temple in Honjo, Japan, on Feb. 20: the pandemic compelled labor-receiving countries to pay attention to the plight of its migrants.   © Getty Images

Rashesh Shrestha is an economist with the Economic Research Institute for Association for Southeast Asian Nations and East Asia.

Just before COVID-19 hit, the Japanese government was reforming its labor migration system, which is often criticized for being too restrictive.

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