ILO Sri Lanka holds the National 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”, also known as REFRAME project organized a stakeholder consultation on labour migration and fair recruitment on 31st May, 2018 at the Movenpick Hotel, Colombo.

The consultation brought together representatives from the Sri Lanka Bureau for foreign employment (SLBFE), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of census and statistics, Ministry of labour and Trade Union relations, Tertiary and vocational education Commission, Association of licensed foreign employment agencies (ALFEA), private recruitment agencies, Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Trade Unions, civil society organizations, International non-governmental organizations, and other UN agencies.

The consultation provided an opportunity for participants to exchange knowledge and information on best practices and challenges in relation to labour recruitment for foreign and to better address issues relating to the recruitment sector in Sri Lanka. Further, participants provided their input /feedback for the proposed areas of intervention under the REFRAME project in Sri Lanka.

Recognizing the various challenges encountered by migrant workers during the recruitment process, the ILO Office in Sri Lanka will build on its extensive experience and existing work to further develop and implement integrated strategies to address unfair recruitment practices through relevant stakeholders. The ILO, through the REFRAME project in Sri Lanka will make 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.