Achievements under Fair I

At a global level, the new online platform Migrant Recruitment Advisor was launched to allow migrants to rate labour recruiters and link those who face abuses to response systems. Migrant workers from the Philippines, Nepal, Malaysia and Indonesia have been rating their recruitment experience, providing valuable guidance to other prospective labour migrants and indirectly also to employers. To this date 3,024 reviews have been collected and the website is being expanded to a growing number of countries.

Another key achievement of FAIR at the global level has been the adoption in September 2016 of the General Principles and Operational Guidelines for Fair Recruitment. These 13 principles and 31 guidelines orient implementation at all levels but also address responsibilities of governments, labour recruiters and employers in the recruitment process. They will be complemented by a definition of recruitment fees and related to be adopted by a tripartite meeting of experts in November 2018.  

The Jordan-Nepal pilot corridor managed to fairly recruit Nepali workers in the Jordan garment sector and an agreement was signed between both governments. The success of the pilot and its sectorial approach has already been demonstrated through the growing interest and demands from more stakeholders to become part of the initiative. This model, proven to be profitable to all parties is progressively being perceived as the new standard. 
In Tunisia, the project has been building the capacities of the main public recruitment agency to help and accompany Tunisian citizen to be fairly recruited abroad. An agreement is currently being negotiated between the governments of Tunisia and Qatar.

Also, the General Labour Union (UGTT) opened its first migrant safe spaces to protect the rights of migrant workers across the country. In addition, a 6-month training programme for 24 journalists was conducted in order to increase journalists’ knowledge on labour migration and report on “untold stories” about abuses during the recruitment process and good practices to combat them, thus strengthening media coverage on aspects of labour recruitment.

In the Philippines, a legislative analysis was conducted on fair recruitment for overseas employment, completed by evidence-based recommendations for the enhancement of the regulation on skills training fees. In addition, a code of conduct between the Society of Hong Kong-Accredited Recruiters in the Philippines (SHARP) and the Association of Hong Kong Manpower Agencies (AHKMA) was adopted. Also, partnership agreements were signed with the Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Union (FADWU) to study the implementation of the newly adopted governmental code of practice for employment agencies and strengthen access to justice, as well as HelperChoice, a major skills matching platform, to strengthen the dialogue between domestic workers and their employers by sensitising employers about fair recruitment conditions through surveys and information sessions.