Fair Recruitment of aspirant Migrant Workers and their Families in Sri Lanka

Information and awareness on fair recruitment to aspiring migrant workers, their families and the wider community was provide by the National Trade Union Federation, in association with the ILO, through three one-day fairs in Sri Lanka, which brought national and local government officials, trade unions and migrant associations, as well as local civil society organisations.

Between 08 and 11 December 2019, the National Trade Union Federation (NTUF), with technical and financial assistance from the ILO’s REFRAME project, hosted and organized awareness-raising and information-sharing events on fair recruitment in Badulla, Nuwara Eliya and Ratnapura districts in Sri Lanka.

These one-day events brought together the Provincial, District, and Divisional Secretariat government representatives, Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment officials, as well as NGOs and CSOs, in order to speak with community members on issues of safe migration. Information stands were set up where participants were encouraged to interact directly with service providers, acquire necessary information, and raise any issues and concerns.

The three events saw an attendance of over 1000 persons, and strengthened the links between local government, social partners, and civil society actors in raising awareness on fair recruitment and safe migration.

This initiative contributes to DWCP 2018-2022 Outcome 3.2 (reduced vulnerability of migrants to exploitation) and is aligned with ILO P&B 2018-2019 Outcome 9: Fair and effective international labour migration and mobility.