Labour Migration

The ILO in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is assisting the Government of Zimbabwe through the Ministry of labour and Social Services to improve and increase availability of statistics and data on labour migration through the establishment of a Labour Migration Centre (LMC) in the border town of Beitbridge.

The initiative is being implemented as pilot and seeks to contribute to the promotion of orderly and mutually beneficial forms of labour migration and the effective protection of Zimbabwean immigrants. It also seeks to reinforce bilateral and sub-regional cooperation on labour migration. There initiative is being implemented on the backdrop of a broad intervention seeking to put in place a comprehensive migration and development policy with Labour Migration a key component. The ILO’s role is to basically ensure that key principles of the ILO Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration form a key part of the development, strengthening and implementation of a national labour migration policies and practices.

So far the ILO has supported the design and deployment of a network system (database and hardware) to facilitate the linking up of labour offices in Beitbridge, Chiredzi, Masvingo and Harare. The database is expected to capture data and information on would-be migrants seeking to work in the Limpopo province of South Africa. Labour Officers from the Ministry of Labour have been trained on use and management of the system.

A training workshop was conducted in October 2009 to assist stakeholders to situate migrant workers’ protection measures and practices within the implementation of a national migration and development framework. The workshop specifically covered the promotion of rights-based approaches to migration and development policies and programmes; recognition of the special roles of employers’ and workers’ organizations in the development of programmes for the protection of migrant workers, taking into account the role of social partners in addressing critical issues on labour migration and;
advocacy for the use of the ILO Conventions, ILO Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration and other mechanisms and procedures for protecting migrant worker rights.

A national action plan has been drawn to facilitate promotion of effective promotion and protection of rights of migrant workers. Support is ongoing to operationalise a recruitment and selection system to facilitate documented migrants from Zimbabwe to the Limpopo province in South Africa.