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Good practices database - Labour migration policies and programmes

84 practices found

  • The Co-development Programme
    This programme facilitates the investment of individual Malians or Malian diaspora associations in France in local community development projects or enterprise creation in Mali. Participation in this programme by Malian immigrants in France is not conditional on permanent return, and the practice represents a good example of international cooperation, based on consultations with all concerned parties, for the benefit of development.
    France; Mali
  • Cooperation agreement between the TUC (United Kingdom) and CGPT-IN (Portugal)
    This practice represents cooperation between trade unions in the countries of origin and destination. The main objective of the TUC/CGTP-IN agreement is to ensure that better protection and services are extended to Portuguese workers in the UK.
    Portugal; United Kingdom
  • The International Migration Policy Programme (IMP)
    This practice demonstrates the value of international cooperation for promoting good migration governance.
    Global coverage
  • Union Network International Passport
    This innovative practice promotes the access of professionals and managers to trade unions in countries other than their home country.
    Global coverage
  • The Plan GRECO of the Ministry of Interior of Spain
    This practice represents a comprehensive and dedicated effort by the Government of Spain to achieve policy coherence and inter-ministerial coordination in the area of migration.
  • Management of seasonal foreign workers in Germany
    This practice represents good governance of labour migration in seasonal occupations through bilateral agreements based on ILO standards and implemented in cooperation with workers' and employers' organisations.
  • The Social Partnership Agreement (SPA) in Ireland
    The SPA is a tripartite national pay agreement reached in Ireland. The SPA led to landmark legislative changes as well as the development of a comprehensive policy framework on migration through social dialogue.
  • Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)
    This practice represents broad-based cooperation among civil society organisations for the protection of undocumented migrant workers and advocacy for their human and labour rights.
    Austria; Belgium; Denmark; France; Germany; Ireland; Italy; Netherlands; Romania; Serbia and Montenegro; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom
  • The CARICOM Agreement on Social Security
    This practice represents cooperation between the Member States of a regional integration body to ensure that citizens are entitled to the same benefits as nationals of the host country and to protect all entitlements to long term benefits.
    Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Haiti; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom
  • Portability of social security rights to nationals of both the EU and third countries
    This practice extends social security coverage and benefits to all those residing and working in EU Member States, including non-EU nationals.
    Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malta; Netherlands; Poland; Portugal; Portugal; Romania; Romania; Slovakia ; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; United Kingdom
  • Trade union information booklet for seasonal foreign workers in Germany
    This practice operationalizes cooperation between trade unions in countries of origin and destination.
    Germany; Poland
  • Declaration on Social Rights and Industrial Relations at Volkswagen
    This practice represents a commitment by the social partners and a multinational company to prevent and combat discrimination against foreign workers.
    Germany; Global coverage
  • Work Permit Committee on Employment of Foreigners, Tanzania
    This practice demonstrates successful inter-ministerial cooperation and coordination that also involved national social partners and formally institutionalising the social dialogue process in the context of labour migration governance. The practice additionally concerns itself with making sure national migration policies are based on accurate assessments of national labour market needs.
    Tanzania, United Republic of
  • Regularization Programme of Spain, 2005
    This practice demonstrates a successful national programme to regularize undocumented foreign workers that was rights-based and based on extensive consultations and design inputs from workers' and employers' organisations.
  • Bilateral seasonal migration programmes between France and Tunisia, Morocco, and Poland
    This practice represents a case of good governance of labour migration through bilateral agreements wherein public labour and recruitment authorities in both origin and destination countries manage the migration of foreign seasonal workers based on labour market assessments and in accordance with ILO standards and the principle of equal treatment with national workers.
    France; Morocco; Poland; Tunisia
  • The ILO Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration (MFLM)
    This practice represents a rights-based tool that presents all the principles, guidelines and a selection of good practices of good labour migration governance and policies in a cohesive and logical framework for the benefit of governments and actors in the labour market.
    Global coverage
  • The TOKTEN (Transfer of Knowledge Through Expatriate Nationals) Programme
    TOKTEN aims to reduce the negative effects of brain-drain by encouraging migrants to bring their knowledge, expertise and experience, on a volunteer basis, back to their country of origin.
    Afghanistan; Global coverage; Liberia; Rwanda
  • National Labour Migration Policy, Sri Lanka
    This practice demonstrates the successful application of ILO's Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration in formulating a national migration policy.
    Sri Lanka
  • The Special Working Contract for Non-Jordanian Domestic Workers
  • Send Money Home
    This practice represents an innovative way, using IT technologies, to reduce the costs borne by migrant workers when transferring money to relatives in the homeland. The practice consists in presenting all available options to migrant workers, thus allowing migrants to choose the most inexpensive remittance service provider and injecting healthy competition into the money transfer market.
    Australia; Canada; New Zealand; United Kingdom; United States
  • Bilateral trade union agreements on migrant workers' rights between Sri Lanka and Bahrain, Kuwait and Jordan
    This practice resulted in the development of a model trade union cooperation agreement that could be signed between trade unions in countries of origin and destination for improved coordination in the promotion and protection of migrant workers' rights. Trade unions in Sri Lanka signed agreements based on this model agreement with counterparts in Bahrain, Kuwait and Jordan.
    Bahrain; Jordan; Kuwait; Sri Lanka
  • Unity through Knowledge Fund (UKF)
    This practice is an initiative to counter brain drain and encourage the return and reintegration of skilled expatriates by connecting researchers and professionals in the country of origin with their expatriate counterparts overseas and by facilitating long-term research in the country of origin.
  • Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME)
    This practice represents a programme that seeks to empower migrant and diaspora communities and that has a direct influence on the policies of the government of the country of origin.
    Mexico; United States
  • Household Workers Association (ASTRODOMES)
    This practice represents a successful case of mobilising for self-help and organising among domestic workers, including migrant domestic workers.
    Costa Rica
  • Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI), Dublin
    This practice is a non-governmental legal support centre for migrants that informs migrants of their rights and facilitates their social integration while also advocating for immigration and social policies in their favour.
  • The International Financial System (IFS)
    This practice seeks to reduce the costs borne by migrants in remitting money home for the support of families by introducing and expanding a worldwide network of post offices that offer money transfer services at competitive prices with greater reach than conventional transfer services.
    Global coverage
  • World Migration Report (WMR)
    This practice is an effort to strengthen the knowledge base on the latest migration trends in order to support the policy-making process.
    Global coverage
  • Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX)
    This practice represents a comprehensive effort to measure and rate the social integration of migrants in major destination countries, with a particular focus on labour market access, protection against racism and discrimination, security of employment, labour market integration measures, and labour rights.
    Australia; Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria; Canada; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Ireland; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malta; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Slovakia ; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom; United States
  • National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP), Nigeria
    This practice represents a significant effort to combat trafficking in persons through setting up a specialized national agency with the mandate to investigate cases of human trafficking, prosecute perpetrators, and counsel and rehabilitate victims.
  • The ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers
    This practice represents a regional cooperation initiative to protect the rights of migrant workers through a commonly agreed legal framework.
    Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; Indonesia; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Myanmar; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; Viet Nam
  • ILO Labour Migration Module
    ILO's Labour Migration Module systematizes the collection of labour migration statistics to
    better inform policy making.
    Global coverage
  • The Reverse Brain Drain Project, Thailand
    This project promotes the sharing of knowledge and experiences between emigrants and resident scholars in order to counter the effects of brain drain and contribute to national development.
  • 3x1 Citizens' Initiative
    This practice demonstrates the commitment of the government of a country of origin at the federal, state and local levels to engage its citizens abroad in channeling their remittances into local community development projects.
  • Pagesos Solidaris (Farmers Solidarity Foundation)
    This practice is an initiative by an employers' association to build the capacity of migrant workers in its employment with a view to promoting migrant workers' contributions to the development of their communities of origin.
    Colombia; Morocco; Romania; Spain
  • Interpretation Support Centre for Migrant Workers
    This practice represents the provision of a much-needed and much-demanded service for real-time interpretation for migrants and has also proven effective in mediating disputes between migrant workers and their employers, providing practical information about life in Korea to migrants or other interested parties, and even supporting the work of trade unions and employers' organisations.
    Korea, Republic of
  • The Recognized Seasonal Employers Scheme (RSE), New Zealand
    The Recognized Seasonal Employer (RSE) Work Policy is a policy that facilitates the temporary entry of additional workers from overseas to fill labour shortages in the horticulture and viticulture industries.
    Kiribati; Marshall Islands; Nauru; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tonga
  • Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)
    This practice represents tripartite cooperation in the framework of a broader partnership including community organisations, regulatory bodies and local governments, with a view to facilitating the labour market integration of newly arrived skilled migrants into decent employment in the greater Toronto area.
  • Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Ugandan Migrant Workers Abroad, No. 62
    This practice consists of the development and application of a national legal framework, based on ILO standards as well as other relevant international norms, to regulate and monitor private recruitment agencies so that fraud is prevented and migrant workers are protected.
  • The Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004
    This practice represents tripartite cooperation and oversight over the recruitment practices and actors of the agricultural and food processing sector of a major labour migration destination country in order to enforce a law requiring recruitment agents and supervisors to pay for and receive an official license and to ensure that migrant workers hired in the sector are provided decent working and living conditions.
    United Kingdom
  • International Labor Migration Initiative
    This practice represents an initiative by a private sector association to raise awareness among its members on the most pressing issues facing migrant workers, how to protect migrant workers' rights in global supply chains, and to share best practices from the private sector in migrant workers¿ protection.
    Global coverage
  • Coordination of Action Research on AIDs and Mobility (CARAM Asia)
    This practice represents cooperation between civil society organisations focused on migrants¿ health and health status in the Asia region, especially in the areas of advocacy, coalition building and capacity building of community based organisations and NGOs working with migrant communities.
    Global coverage
  • Asian Migrant Yearbook (AMY)
    This practice seeks to strengthen the knowledge base on migrants in the Asia region and the case for a rights-based approach when relevant stakeholders seek to address the major issues confronting migrant workers in Asia.
    Bangladesh; Cambodia; China; Hong Kong, China; India; Indonesia; Japan; Korea, Republic of; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Myanmar; Nepal; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Viet Nam
  • The Philippines Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)
    This practice consists of the establishment of a central government agency in a major country of origin that implements national migration policies, manages worker protection and maximizes the development benefits of labour migration. The agency regulates and monitors private recruitment agencies and informs potential migrant workers of their rights and support systems at destination.
  • Labour Training and Insertion Programme for Construction Workers - UOCRA - Argentina
    This practice demonstrates cooperation between workers' and employers' organisations in the construction sector of a major destination country with the aim of facilitating the migration of foreign workers in the construction sector in a way that ensures decent working conditions and equal treatment for them in the destination country.
    Argentina; Canada
  • Matrícula consular with high security features for Mexicans abroad
    This practice, implemented through consulates of a major origin country in its posts abroad, represents an innovative solution to undocumented migrants' inability to vouch for the identity and thereby gain access to basic financial and social services. As such, the practice seeks to reduce migrants¿ vulnerability.
    Mexico; United States
  • Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA)
    This practice demonstrates significant cooperation and partnership between civil society and trade unions in Asia where they work together in an institutionalised network to promote the protection and rights of migrant workers in the region and to engage regional bodies and international processes through its advocacy activities.
    Bangladesh; Cambodia; China; Chinese Taipei; Hong Kong, China; India; Indonesia; Japan; Korea, Republic of; Malaysia; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nepal; Philippines; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Viet Nam
  • The Mekong Sub-regional Project to Combat Trafficking in Children and Women (ILO-TICW), International Labour Office
    This practice consists of a project that combatted human trafficking by taking a holistic approach based on an understanding of trafficking as a function of labour migration and that addresses the pull and push factors. The project involved target communities and individuals as well as a broad partnership of ILO's traditional tripartite constituents in addition to local businesses, international organisations and civil society.
    Cambodia; China; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Thailand; Viet Nam
  • West Coast Domestic Workers Association (WCDWA) in Canada
    This practice demonstrates the initiatives of a civil society organisation to provide domestic workers or live-in caregivers access to justice and skills training.
  • International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and model trade union cooperation agreements
    This practice consists of the promulgation of a model agreement for trade unions in origin countries to conclude with trade union counterparts in destination countries in order to facilitate migrant workers' membership in trade unions in destination countries and protect their labour rights and decent working conditions.
    Global coverage
  • ILO: Extending social security coverage to African migrant workers and their families (MIGSEC)
    This practice seeks to ensure social security coverage and portability for migrant workers and their families in the Africa region, mainly through promoting the signing of bilateral social security agreements between countries of origin and countries of destination and assisting countries to coordinate and harmonise their social security systems to allow for greater portability.
    Burundi; Ethiopia; Ghana; Kenya; Mali; Mauritania; Mauritius; Rwanda; Senegal; South Africa; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda; Zambia
  • West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership (WMSMP)
    This practice consists of the establishment of a policy forum on refugee, asylum and migrant issues with the mandate to coordinate and advocate on behalf of these populations the accommodation, support and social integration of refugees, asylum-seekers and recently arrived migrants. Through its work, the forum also gathers and monitors data.
    United Kingdom
  • The Catalunya Maghrib Program
    This practice represents a government programme to prevent the migration of underage children and youth under dangerous conditions through the provision of voluntary return and vocational training.
    Morocco; Spain
  • Pangea Development Partnership (DP)
    This practice represents an initiative undertaken jointly by several employers' organisations in partnership with civil society and local governments to assist migrants in finding and securing decent jobs, training for skills upgrading, and integrating into the local community.
  • Minority Language Radio Project for HIV/AIDS, Trafficking and Drug Prevention in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS)
    This practice consists of a project to raise awareness among minority youth likely to migrate under dangerous conditions on trafficking, HIV/AIDS and drug abuse prevention through culturally appropriate radio programmes.
    China; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Thailand
  • Brazilian Regularization Law No. 11.961, 2 July 2009
    This practice represents a law authorising a regularisation programme, the drafting of which involved the labour ministry, trade unions and employers' organisations, that granted temporary residence status to the undocumented migrants who participated. The consensus is that this practice was executed in a way that safeguarded migrants' rights and its consequences likewise promoted migrants' rights.
  • The Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA)
    This practice consists of the establishment of a central governmental that licenses and monitors the practices of private migration agents and communicates the standing of each registered agent to the public through its website, so that migrants and potential migrants can make an informed decision as to which agent to engage.
  • M-PESA International Money Transfer Service, Safaricom
    This practice represents an innovative use of mobile and IT-based technologies to reduce the costs of transferring remittances for migrants.
    Kenya; United Kingdom
  • Tripartite Action for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers in the ASEAN region (ASEAN TRIANGLE Project)
    This practice/project works with Governments in the ASEAN region as well as the region's workers' and employers' organisations with a view to significantly reducing the exploitation of labour migrants in the ASEAN region through increased legal and safe migration and improved labour protection.
  • Pre-Departure Training Programme, Republic of the Philippines
    This practice represents a major concerted effort involving the national government and civil society actors to prevent the abuse of migrant workers and protect their rights by educating outgoing workers on their rights, the laws, culture and customs of destination countries, available support mechanisms, etc.
  • Supporting Migrants and Potential Migrants from Egypt through Information
    This practices uses ICT technology to facilitate job matches between jobseekers within a country as well with potential overseas employers.
  • Central Asia Regional Migration Programme (CARMP)
    Through international cooperation and partnerships with mass media, the private sector and civil society organisations, this practice seeks to assist in poverty reduction in Central Asia by improving the livelihoods of migrants and protecting their rights.
    Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Russian Federation; Tajikistan
  • Effective Governance of Labour Migration and its Skills Dimensions - Moldova, Ukraine
    This practice addresses brain waste and de-skilling commonly experienced by migrant workers as a result of non-recognition of skills or qualifications and has a particular focus on enhancing human capital.
    Moldova, Republic of; Ukraine
  • Activity Centres for Women in Yunan Province, China
    This practice uses an innovative support mechanism in the form of community centres where migrants and potential migrants can share experiences, exchange and gather information on employment laws, legal aid, skills training and cultural entertainment. The practice has also proven effective in combating human trafficking.
  • Labour Law Awareness-Raising and Legal Aid for Burmese Migrant Workers in Thailand
    This practice exemplifies effective strategies to raise awareness among migrant workers on local labour laws and their rights in certain countries of destination and to provide legal support and services where and when necessary.
    Myanmar; Thailand
  • Support for Migrant Workers in Obtaining Documentation and Regularization
    This practice relates a positive experience in the area of regularisation of undocumented migrants.
    Dominican Republic; Haiti
  • Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights, State of New York (USA)
    The first of its kind in the United States, this practice exemplifies a rights-based legal approach in relation to domestic workers' labour rights protection
    United States
  • Education and Social Services for Children of Migrant Workers, Thailand
    This practice extends the right to education to documented and undocumented migrant children in a major destination country through partnerships with local governments and civil society.
  • Handbook for Armenians Abroad
    This practice facilitates the socio-economic development of the origin country by reaching out to its citizens and diaspora abroad and communicating to them of opportunities to invest or contribute knowledge and skills.
  • Integrated Preventive Interventions in Viet Nam
    This practice represents an integrated, holistic and multi-faceted approach towards trafficking preventing, by emphasizing strategic partnerships and using simultaneous responses to confront trafficking at every stage of the problem - source, movement and destination.
    Viet Nam
  • Microfinance to Combat Risky Migration
    This practices uses an innovative mix of business management training with microfinance banking in order to deter risky migration.
    Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Migrant Workers Resource Centres (MRCs)
    This practice works through partnerships with labour offices at the local government level, trade unions and civil society in order to distribute accurate information to potential migrants in countries of origin on safe migration and rights at work and provide legal assistance in countries of destination.
    Cambodia; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Myanmar; Viet Nam
  • National Collective Agreement for Domestic Workers in Italy
    This practice establishes a new national collective agreement framework for domestic workers in Italy and promotes the rights of domestic workers as articulated in ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers
  • Inter-country trade union collaboration in the protection of migrant workers: Memorandum of Understanding between General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT) and Korean Confederation of Trade Unions
    This practice represents partnership and collaboration between a trade union in an origin country and a trade union in a destination country in order to ensure decent work for migrant workers and foster creative exchanges and cooperation.
    Korea, Republic of; Nepal
  • Trade Unions against Trafficking, Viet Nam
    This practice demonstrates the positive role ILO's social partners and constituents can play in cooperation with each other in order to prevent trafficking and unsafe labour migration.
    Viet Nam
  • Travel Smart - Work Smart Initiative for Migrants in the Mekong Sub-region
    This practice provides a useful and practical tool in the form of a guidebook to promote awareness among young migrants and potential migrants, in both origin and destination countries, to the dangers of trafficking and ill-prepared migration.
    Cambodia; China; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Thailand; Viet Nam
  • TULAY or Bridge Education Program, Philippines
    This practice represents a public-private partnership that focuses on improving the technological literacy of migrants' families and returning migrants with a view to helping them get decent jobs.
  • Supporting legal framework development in Cambodia: Technical Working Group and tripartite consultation on development of
    This practice demonstrates the importance and positive results that can be brought by social dialogue involving ILO's tripartite constituents in the formulation of labour migration policy and legal framework.
  • Territorial Pact for Intercultural Dialogue Seixal - Citizenship Space Seixal
    This practice demonstrates the positive gains of promoting migrants' social integration and civic engagement through broad-based partnerships and networks involving national and local governments, migrant associations, civil society and the private sector.
  • Community sensitization workshops on youth migration and development
    This practice supports and empowers young migrants to secure decent jobs that match their skills and qualifications through an interactive and motivating workshop that is itself run by youth.
  • BW JOBS 4 GRADUATES (Botswana Jobs for Graduates)
    This practice mobilizes ICT technologies and social networking to support and facilitate the recruitment of young migrants into decent jobs and promote regional integration and mobility in Southern Africa.
    Botswana; Lesotho; South Africa; Zambia; Zimbabwe
  • Migrant World Film Festival
    This practice represents innovative uses of media and film training to give voice to migrants and promote their social integration and promote understanding between migrants and the local population.
    Korea, Republic of
  • FSI Worldwide
    This practice represents ethical recruitment and training of migrant workers that shows that private-sector recruitment agencies are fully capable of understanding and internalising that protecting migrant workers is equally a good business strategy as it is a question of international human rights law and obligations.
    United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom

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