Labour migration remains a feature of contemporary labour markets including in West Africa. To capitalize on the potential benefits it offers to countries of origin and destination, effective measures are required at all stages of the migration cycle.
The ILO Initiative for Labour Migration, Employment and Reintegration in Nigeria and Ghana (LMER) aims to promote fair and effective labour migration governance frameworks and enhance employment and income generating opportunities of potential and return migrants in a sustainable manner.
The Initiative is supporting the labour migration policy framework in Ghana and Nigeria. To strengthen the capacity of governments to protect human and labour rights of migrant workers during recruitment, employment, return and reintegration, the ratification and domestication of respective ILO instruments is being supported.
Complementing efforts to strengthen labour migration and reintegration governance, the Initiative supports existing resource centres to offer gender-responsive services to potential and returning migrants in the areas of business skills development and access to finance.
Staff of Migrant Resource Centres in Nigeria, Public Employment Centres in Ghana and Nigerian/Ghanaian-German Centres for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration are being trained in the ILO Start and Improve Your Business Programme, which will help to equip clients of resource centres with entrepreneurship skills. The project also seeks improve access of beneficiaries to adapted financial services at all stages of their migration cycle.
The Initiative is promoting the knowledge and evidence base though research and capacity building, raising awareness raising among key stakeholders and beneficiaries, and collecting lessons learned and best practices.
The LMER is implemented in 2 countries:
- Potential and returning migrants in Nigeria and Ghana are protected through fair and effective labour migration governance frameworks;
- Migrant Resource Centres in Nigeria and Public Employment Centres in Ghana offer services to enhance employment and income generating opportunities of potential and return migrants and support the reintegration of returnees in a sustainable manner.