ILO facilitates stakeholder consultation on labour migration and fair recruitment

As part of the ILO’s Fair Recruitment Initiative, the EU-funded “Global Action to Improve the Recruitment Framework of Labour Migration” ( REFRAME) project is organizing a stakeholder consultation on labour migration and fair recruitment.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has been providing technical support to the Government of Sri Lanka, social partners, civil society, recruitment agency associations and other stakeholders to address the governance of labour migration, including recruitment issues, since 2010. Focus areas have up to now include work on revising policy, legislative, and regulatory frameworks, developing skills matching mechanisms for departing and returning migrant workers, strengthening protection mechanisms against trafficking/exploitation, empowering women migrant workers and their families, and maximising the positive impacts of labour migration. Moreover, labour migration, and in particular the recruitment process, features strongly in the newly adopted Decent Work Country Programme of Sri Lanka for 2018 – 2022, in Outcome 3.2: Labour market outcomes for (low-skilled) migrants are improved and their vulnerability to exploitation (forced labour) reduced. Key areas of work identified there include the application of the ILO Fair Recruitment Guidelines and Principles and research on recruitment costs.

The EU-funded “Global Action to Improve the Recruitment Framework of Labour Migration” (REFRAME) aims at preventing and reducing abusive and fraudulent recruitment practices, and maximizing the protection of migrant workers in the recruitment process and their contribution to development. The project seeks to support the dissemination and operationalization of the ILO General principles and operational guidelines for fair recruitment at global, regional, and national levels, and is implemented under the framework of the ILO Fair Recruitment Initiative. Among others, project work at the national level is foreseen in the Sri Lanka – GCC corridor.

Recognizing the various challenges encountered by migrant workers during the recruitment process, the ILO Office in Sri Lanka intends to build on its extensive experience and existing work to further develop and implement integrated strategies to address unfair recruitment practices through relevant stakeholders, and proposes interventions in the following spheres:
  • Improving the legislative and policy frameworks which govern the recruitment process,
  • Improving the institutional capacities of stakeholders to implement initiatives on fair recruitment, and;
  • Increasing accessibility to accurate information, knowledge, tools on fair recruitment to migrant workers and other relevant stakeholders.
This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to exchange knowledge and information on best practices and challenges relating to labour recruitment for foreign employment including global and regional trends, and to better address issues relating to the recruitment sector in Sri Lanka.