FAIRWAY Migrant Resource Center Symposium

The International Labour Organization (ILO), through the FAIRWAY programme convened a symposium on Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) that brought together participants from three African countries of origin: Uganda, Kenya, and Nigeria. The central theme of the symposium revolved around enhancing the effectiveness of MRCs in providing access to information and essential services for both potential and in-service migrant workers, as well as the families they leave behind.

Event report

The symposium hosted in Entebbe, Uganda, from September 25th to September 27th, 2023, brought together representatives from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Nigeria; the National Employment Authority, Kenya; Uganda Hotels, Food, Tourism, Supermarkets and Allied Workers Union (HTS-Union); Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development, Uganda; Indonesia Migrant Workers Union; the Quezon City Administration; Philippines; the Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs, Vietnam, and the Ministry of Labour, South Sudan.

The symposium was motivated by the challenges associated with providing migrant workers access to accurate information and support services, a right emphasized by international labor standards and guidance. It explored various mechanisms for delivering information and services through Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs). MRCs offer a wide range of services, from providing information to access to justice and other critical support services.

The symposium also explored the important issue of the financial sustainability of MRCs.

Key lessons were shared by participants from the Asian MRCs with networks established for ongoing collaboration.