Promoting decent work through good governance, protection and empowerment of migrant workers

Supported by the Government of Switzerland, this programme aims at ensuring an effective implementation of the Sri Lanka National Labour Migration Policy- Phase IV while promoting decent work through good governance, protection and empowerment of migrant workers.

Overall objective of the project

Labour migration in Sri Lanka is well-governed, orderly and regular for all women and men, ensuring decent, safe and productive employment

Target beneficiaries

Returnee and aspiring migrant workers, and their families

Specific project objectives

The three previous phases of the ILO Safe Labour Migration Project supported by SDC, have assisted the Government of Sri Lanka and other stakeholders to formulate and implement Sri Lanka’s National Labour Migration Policy. In this exit phase (phase iv) of the Project, interventions will now shift from policy making to enhanced policy implementation through the assumption of ownership of the Safe Labour Migration Programme by the Government of Sri Lanka and other stakeholders. This phase of the project aligns itself with these specific objectives through its three Outcomes.
  • Outward labour migration policies and plans are effectively monitored for implementation by the GoSL.
  • Fair and ethical recruitment, skills recognition and certification, and sustainable reintegration is fostered through institutional enhancement and the ‘Whole-Of-Government-Approach’
  • Policymakers, individuals and institutions at the national and regional level used evidence base to inform policy dialogues, policy drafting and knowledge exchange


The main strategies for implementation in this phase of the project are: to capacitate duty-bearers where necessary for improved governance of labour migration; to focus on process sustainability and institutionalisation of roles and functions in monitoring and review of implementation by duty-bearers; to promote the ‘Whole-Of-Government-Approach’ through dialogue and coordinated interventions; to mainstream rights-based approaches and gender responsiveness in the governance of labour migration; and to boost civil society participation in the process and mechanisms of governance, including through recognition and voice for migrant workers and joint actions with trade unions.

Expected results

  •  Institutional capacity to coordinate and monitor implementation of outward Labour Migration policies and plans strengthened
  •  Stakeholder participation in national, regional and global policy dialogues facilitated
  • GoSL capability of meeting regional and global commitments and adoption of best practices increased
  • LFEAs commitment to incorporate fair and ethical recruitment practices enhanced
  • Departing and returning migrants, particularly women accessibility for skills recognition and certification through the e-RPL system established
  •   "Whole-of-Government” approach for strengthening implementation of the sub policy on return and reintegration initiated
  •  'knowledge Hub' with required human resource skills and systems for generating evidence for policymaking, contributing to national, regional and global dialogues established
  • Data management system to analyse data on LM for the 'Knowledge Hub' operationalized
  • GoSL capacity to generate knowledge products and host knowledge share events improved