What Is The Mission
The Mission for Migrant Workers (MFMW) Ltd. is a registered charitable organization dedicated to deliver responsive services to Asian migrants and develop self-sustaining capacities of migrant’s organizations for mutual aid and cooperation.
Established in 1981, the MFMW Ltd. is the longest existing independent service provider for migrants in Hong Kong and Asia. It is an outreach program of the St. John’s Cathedral of the HK Sheng Kung Hui (Anglican) where it is based.
As an indication of recognition to its expertise and work, it is invited for consultations by HK government agencies and consulates of different countries on migration and related themes. Fiscal support for the MFMW Ltd. comes from churches, individuals and foundations.
Initiatives & Accomplishment
The MFMW, as a pioneer service provider and advocate for migrants, has been instrumental in building the support base for migrant workers’ concerns in Hong Kong. As well, it has been continuously supportive of building a movement of empowered migrant workers here.
- Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge (BHMWR or Bethune House) was established by MFMW in 1987 as a temporary shelter for distressed women migrants of any nationality, with ongoing cases in Hong Kong. Residents’ cases are jointly managed with them by the Mission and Bethune House.
- The Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM) was created through the Mission’s effort to reach out to migrant workers outside of Hong Kong. From 1984, APMM has now expanded its mission outreach to several countries in the region as an independent non-governmental entity. APMM and the Mission continue to work together to further improve and expand the thrust to provide services to migrant workers, form organizations of migrant workers, and advocate for migrants’ rights and wellbeing.
- The United Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL-HK) is the first alliance of Filipino migrant workers in Hong Kong formed to address the issues that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) face. The Mission has played a significant role in its establishment in 1985 by organizing its prime mover, the Association of Concerned Filipinos-Hong Kong. The Mission continues to assist it in its campaigns, welfare activities and advocacy.
- The Asian Migrants Coordinating Body (AMCB) is the first and biggest coalition of migrant worker associations and unions in Hong Kong. AMCB has successfully led campaigns to promote the rights of Asian migrants in HK..
- The Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers in Hong Kong (ATKI-HK) was established in 2000 by Indonesian clients sheltered by Bethune House Migrant Women Refuge. Since its formation, ATKI-HK has been very active in promoting and upholding the rights and welfare of Indonesian migrant workers.
- In 2006, ATKI-HK helped in the formation of Indonesian Migrant Muslim Alliance (GAMMI) composed by 15 groups who has been very active in promoting rights and welfare along with their faith programs.
- On 1 April 2007, ATKI-HK held a consultation forum on overcharging and the truth behind illegal salary deduction among Indonesian groups which led to formation of United Indonesians Against Overcharging (PILAR-HK). Currently, PILAR has 17 member organizations based in Hong Kong with ATKI-HK as an active member.
- Indonesian Migrant Workers Union (IMWU), previously known as Indonesian Group formed in 1993 and then transformed into union in 1999, has been very active in empowering and lobbying for policy changes. As part of their outreaching program among Indonesian groups, IMWU initiated Alliance of Blacklist Unscrupulous Recruitment Agencies and Employers which later formalized into League of Indonesian Migrant Workers (LiPMI) with 22 member organizations in 2011.
- In 2009, all organizations and alliances formed Alliance of IMWs to Scrap Law No. 39/2004 as they are united to demand for removal of recruitment agency monopoly in the law/legislation regulating deployment and protection of Indonesian migrant workers abroad. It composes of GAMMI, LiPMI and PILAR which includes ATKI and IMWU.
Through the years, the Mission has been developing its standing locally and internationally.
In 2005, it has been recognized as a Jubilee Center by the Episcopal Church USA’s Jubilee Ministry.
In 2006, the Mission initiated the first ever National Consultation of Service Providers which brought together the most significant service institutions and church programs assisting migrant workers in Hong Kong. This heralded the formation of the Coalition of Service Providers for Ethnic Minorities (CSPEM) in 2010. Eight of the most significant direct service institutions for ethnic minorities form CSPEM and are now active in seeking positive reform in government policies and practices towards ethnic minorities.
In 2012, it has been one of only two local groups in Hong Kong which received the first-ever Professional Awards of the Love ideas, Love Hong Kong project of the Li Ka Shing Foundation