ILO-ITC-COMPAS Training course on China - EU Labour Migration: Challenges and Opportunities

A training course for Chinese policy makers, organised by the ILO Office for China and Mongolia in cooperation with the ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford, and the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO).

ILO (including the International Training Centre, Turin) and COMPAS (Oxford University) will organize a four day course for policy-makers and practitioners. The course will focus on Labour Migration Policy and its implementation. The sessions will cover:

• Labour migration in the context of EU-China two-way mobility: highlight the labour migration trends in China (between China and the EU) and developments in the future.

• The regulation of labour emigration: What are the effects of labour emigration on origin countries, on protection of workers, and labour mobility? How are efforts of China to promote labour emigration while at the same time protecting the rights of migrant workers actually working? What support services for migrant workers are in place during pre-departure, on-site and upon return? What constitutes ‘fair recruitment’? What are sound practices and how can states of origin and destination cooperate to more effectively regulate recruitment agencies?

• Regulating labour immigration: What are the impacts of immigration on China’s national and provincial/local economies? What admission policies and work permit regimes are in place? What can be said about the rights of migrant workers, skills recognition, and vulnerable occupations?

• Assessing Labour Market Needs: What labour and skills are in demand in the EU MS? How are efforts to link the admission of migrant workers to the needs of the domestic labour market in the EU MS? What have been the methods and data-sources to assess labour market requirements for foreign workers and generate shortage occupation lists?
• Urban Transformation / Internal Migration. What is the relationship between urban transformation and internal migration in China? Furthermore, this module will present new concepts on gender and migration, focusing on the gender dimensions of migration and development, as overseas employment opportunities are often gender specific.

• Right and protection of men and women migrant workers: What are the rights stipulated in international migrant workers conventions and what rights do migrant workers have in practice? What is the specific situation of women domestic workers/internal migrants in Chinese megacities? How is China responding to irregular migration and illegal employment of migrants, both at home and abroad?

• Labour migration statistics: What are the definitions, sources, data-set/indicators?

Gender dimensions of migration will be cross-cutting. The teaching will draw on ILO expertise and the multidisciplinary strengths of COMPAS (Oxford University), combining economic, legal and sociological approaches. Experts from the EU will be invited to share experiences and present case studies on labour migration policies and their implementation. Two experts will present the findings of their studies commissioned by ILO on attracting and admitting talent to China, and on the scope and potential of EU-China labour migration, respectively.