ILO partners with ECOWAS on labour migration

ILO builds the capacity of ECOWAS members on governance of labour migration

Press release | Abuja | 30 May 2017
Abuja: (ILO News): ILO, through the FMM (free movement of persons and migration) project, partners with ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) to build the capacity of member states in ensuring a safe, secure, legal, and orderly migration process.

During a three-day workshop, from 30 May – 1 June, 2017, organized by the ILO, governance of labour migration was addressed through enhancing the understanding of member states on labour migration concepts and frameworks for labour migration governance, and international labour standards.

The training further equipped ECOWAS members with the skills and practical tools required to effectively protect migrant workers’ rights and share information on how to combat irregular migration, trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants and protection of children on the move. In line with that, participants addressed the following areas:
  • Developing labour migration policy, labour migration data collection and management as well as labour market information system;
  • Initiating, developing and implementing bilateral labour migration agreements;
  • Implementing of Social security rights;
  • Implementing international labour standards that protect migrant workers’ rights;
  • reporting on labour migration within the ECOWAS region
Furthermore, the training provided a guide for policymakers on the protection of migrant workers' rights.

The FMM West Africa project is jointly funded by the European Union (EU) and the ECOWAS Commission. The project covers the 15 ECOWAS Member States and Mauritania on different thematic areas of migration, such as, trafficking in persons, border management, migration policy development and labour migration. The FMM West Africa project is driven by the ECOWAS Commission and implemented jointly by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

For more information contact:
FMM West Africa 
Mr. Aly Cisse, Labour Migration Expert, +2349038852638/ cissealy@ilo.org
Mrs. Agatha Kolawole, Project Officer, +2349038852645/ kolawole@ilo.org