Migration, in particular，labour migration plays an important role in global economic development and mutual exchange between countries. With the rapid economic development and open-up policy in China as well as a global migration trend, China is facing a challenge of adapting to being simultaneously a country of origin, transit, and destination. China is clearly aware that addressing this global issue of migration requires international responsibility and cooperation.
From 2007 to 2010, the International Organization of Migration (IOM) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) jointly implemented the Capacity Building for Migration Management (CBMM) in China Project Phase I, principally funded by the European Commission AENEAS Programme, in partnership with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS). It reached nearly 400 senior public officials and 1.5 million potential migrants. It strengthened the development of Europe-China cooperation and exchange on migration management issues through the targeted exchange of personnel, expertise and information.
From 2011 to 2013, the CBMM China Project Phase II, based on the achievements of the Project Phase I, will be implemented jointly by IOM and ILO in partnership with MFA, MPS, Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA), All-China Federation of Trade Unions and the Chinese National Tourism Administration (CNTA). The €2 million project is principally funded by the European Commission with co-funding from IOM, ILO, Italy and the United States. ILO, as an implementing project partner, will have lead responsibility for expanding the channel of regular labour migration through increasing the awareness of the risks of irregular migration among the potential migrants, strengthening capacity building for recruitment agencies and trade unions to provide labour migrants with better services of recruitment, labour rights protection and labour disputes settlement.
The CBMM China Project Phase II seeks to further promote the development of Europe-China partnerships and technical exchanges on migration management issues, to enhance the capacity of Chinese authorities to adequately manage migration through progressive involvement in trainings, workshops, research, study tours and related activities, to protect the rights of workers by promoting cross-border cooperation to combat irregular migration (migrant smuggling and human trafficking) and expand the channels of regular migration, as well as better regulate the migration of Chinese nationals to Europe through recruitment agencies.
To achieve the objectives of the project, ILO, as an implementing project partner, and IOM will work closely with the designated national partners MFA, MPS, MOFCOM, ACFTU and CNTA to implement the activities under the CBMM-China Phase II. ILO will work together with MOFCOM and ACFTU to carry out the activities as follows:
- Policy-oriented research on how to protect overseas workers’ rights, and methods on dispute settlement and disseminate the findings on how to systematically strengthen Chinese overseas workers’ rights between China and the EU member states;
- Awareness raising campaigns of the risks of irregular migration among potential migrants and the officials directly engaged in the immigration management of airport, ports and border crossing points through public information channels in Fujian, Zhejiang, Shandong and Liaoning provinces; and
- Capacity Building workshops for recruitment agencies and trade unions to enhance the capacity and the role of trade unions and recruitment agencies for Chinese overseas workers’ rights protection and dispute settlement.
The immediate beneficiaries of the project will be relevant government officials, trade union and recruitment agency staff. The ultimate beneficiaries will be potential overseas labour migrant workers.
For further information please contact：
Mr. Deng Baoshan
National Programme Coordinator
ILO Country Office for China and Mongolia
Tel: +86 10 6532 5091