Integrated Programme on Fair Recruitment (FAIR) – Phase II

This global project seeks to contribute to the promotion of fair recruitment practices globally and across specific migration corridors in North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Target countries include Hong Kong SAR, Jordan, Nepal, the Philippines, Tunisia and Qatar.

Overview

The Integrated Programme on Fair Recruitment was established in 2015 as a joint operation by the ILO’s Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch (FUNDAMENTALS) and the Labour Migration Branch (MIGRANT). The long-term goal of the project is the reduction in deceptive and coercive practices during the recruitment process and violations of fundamental principles and rights at work, as well as other human and labour rights, brought about through increased safe migration options, effective regulation of public and private employment agencies, and unscrupulous actors being held accountable for violations.

Achievements under FAIR – Phase I

Over the last three years, FAIR has made significant achievements in developing and implementing pilot interventions to promote fair recruitment practices globally and across specific migration corridors. Among other things, the new online platform Migrant Recruitment Advisor was launched to allow migrant workers to rate labour recruiters and link those who face abuses to response systems. Further, the General Principles and Operational Guidelines for Fair Recruitment were adopted in September 2016. On the national level, projects were launched in the Jordan-Nepal and the Philippines-Hong Kong migration corridor as well as Tunisia to improve access to information for migrants and improve fair recruitment outcomes.  More

Objectives

As FAIR – Phase II is a continuation of Phase I of the project, the objectives remain in place with an intensified focus on the expansion of fair recruitment practices in existing corridors as well the improvement of access to justice. All three outcomes are presented below and are designed to be interlinking and mutually reinforcing, representing a comprehensive response to the challenges posed to enabling fair recruitment. More

Partners

The project will work both with national stakeholders in the target countries as well as international partners. The main international collaborating partners’ of the project include the ITUC and affiliates and the International Organization for Employers (IOE) and affiliates. Further, the project will be working with governments, trade unions, employers’ organisations and NGOs in target countries. This project is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Integrated Programme on Fair Recruitment (FAIR) – Phase II: Philippines

Key resources

  1. Publication

    Agents of Change? Assessing Hong Kong employment agencies´ compliance with the Code of Practice

    17 June 2018

    This report, based on a survey of over 450 migrant domestic workers, examines the implementation of the Hong Kong government’s Code of Practice for Employment Agencies (CoP), and its impact on the human and labour rights of domestic workers in the territory.

  2. Publication

    General principles and operational guidelines for fair recruitment

    01 December 2016

    The objective of these General principles and operational guidelines for fair recruitment is to inform the current and future work of the ILO and of other organizations, national legislatures, and the social partners on promoting and ensuring fair recruitment. These principles and guidelines are derived from a number of sources, including international labour standards and ILO instruments among others.

  3. Publication

    Fair perspective: Stories of Filipino migrant workers in the media

    One of the three objectives of the ILO’s FAIR project is to disseminate global and national knowledge about fair recruitment and labour migration through engagement with the media. This publication contains an anthology of stories produced during the FAIR projects media training series conducted with the National Union of Journalists in 2017.

  4. Publication

    FAIR SHARE? International recruitment in the Philippines

    This working paper brings together evidence on the culture and practice of fair recruitment for overseas employment in the Philippines.

  5. Publication

    Pilot testing a behavioural intervention to engage employers of domestic workers in the fight for fair recruitment

    The ILO partnered with HelperChoice, an online platform in Hong Kong through which employers can find domestic workers for hire, to carry out a behavioural intervention to encourage employers of domestic workers to help promote fair recruitment.