Lessons Learned Part 2: Recruitment
This document describes the lessons learned by the Work in Freedom programme on recruitment of migrant workers. This compilation was preceded by an earlier edition of Lessons Learned in October 2017, followed by another one in February 2019. This new edition focuses particularly on recruitment of migrant workers. It lists and describes the nature of both conventional and non-conventional interventions and reviews some of the assumptions behind the rationale for these interventions.
This document describes the lessons learned by the Work in Freedom programme. The programme found that conventional interventions to improve migrant worker recruitment outcomes tend to focus on training and certification on fair and ethical recruitment, penalising informal labour recruiters and testing of good practices. These lessons highlight some of the limitations of such approaches. They show how the scale of supply and demand for jobs affects recruitment, how the segmentation of labour-recruitment services affects recruitment outcomes, and how the discourse against informal labour recruiters can undermine access to jobs themselves.