Promoting Decent Work in Refugee and Mixed Migration Contexts

A South-South Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) Initiative Between Turkey and Colombia

Turkey and Colombia stand as suitable South-South Cooperation partners. South-South Cooperation is defined as “a process whereby two or more developing countries pursue their national capacity development objectives through exchanges of knowledge, skills, resources and technical know-how, and through regional and inter-regional collective actions” (UN, 2012). As Turkey and Colombia share a recent experience in receiving large-scaled refugee and migratory flows mainly from their neighbouring countries, social partners in both countries can learn from each other and share lessons learned, challenges and good practices on how to promote access to decent work opportunities for migrants and refugees.

This report aims to set the stage for a South-South Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) between Turkey and Colombia by portraying good practices and lessons learned (during pre- and post-COVID19 period) on how to promote access to decent work for refugees and migrants as well as vulnerable host community members. More specifically, it distils good practices and lessons learned by analysing the activities implemented in Colombia and Turkey in relation to socioeconomic recovery, support to businesses and job retention/creation as well as protection of labour rights of migrants and refugees, including support for formalization and access to social protection.