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Outline the causes and effects of one movement of labour from one region to another.

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Charis Ow Mr Ben Hough Global Interactions - HL extension Economic interactions and flows Outline the causes and effects of one movement of labour from one region to another. Unemployment has been a serious issue occurring in many regions such as South Asia, where population is growing rapidly and its undeveloped economies -further elevating unemployment rates. Over the years, individuals struggle to look for suitable occupations up to the extent of migrating overseas due to many reasons. There are many causes of the movement of labour from one region to another -one of them is the low wages from their origin which pushes them to look for a better one as it does not pay well enough for them to support their families. ...read more.


This movement of labour brings many effects to the origin, destination and the individual migrants. Due to large movement of labour, the origin would suffer from the difficulty of searching for labour workers for the own development of the country. Therefore, without sufficient source of labour -brain drain, the origin would not be able to develop and improve, preventing economic growth and progress of the country. However, the migration could also be beneficial for the destination country as it is able to have access to cheap labour. For example, in Malaysia, many LEDC such as Bangladeshis and Myanmarese are employed to work at construction sites. ...read more.


This means that they have no rights to request for better treatment and medication. As an example, in Dubai, there are many cases of maids and construction workers that are ill-treated -violently abused and sexually harassed by their employers. Besides that, these foreign labours are often discriminated in both working environment and non-working environment as they are not allowed to enjoy certain facilities in the country -unlike the locals. In conclusion, the movement of labour from one region to another may bring many benefits if it was only viewed from the surface. However, in a closer scrutiny, the migration could also bring harmful effects to all sides -the origin, destination country and the individual migrant. Nevertheless, these problems could possibly be solved if some compromises are made -benefitting all parties. ...read more.

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