Good Practice

Increasing Protection of Migrant Workers in the Russian Federation and Enhancing Development Impact of Migration in the Southern Caucasus - Final Evaluation

Good Practice Description

Recognition of migrants as diaspora related to the recognition of the migrants’ «back home»: The project has promoted recognition of migrants as diaspora. This is not only the recognition of a migrant as a «remittances» provider, but also as a representative of the country of origin.

Raising visibility of migrants: Labour migrants, when they were not considered as threats, had been invisible. Through its activities and all its approach, the project has contributed to a change in perceptions and attitudes regarding labour migrants and migrants in general as part of socio-economic development of both sending and receiving countries. From a negative or «invisible» record labour migrants have become - at least starting with the tripartite constituents and their partners - actors, active participants in the labour market, recognised workers having their share of rights and responsibilities. Migrants have become visible and their contribution to the economy of the receiving countries has started to be acknowledged.

Multiplier effect: Many initiatives of the project were multiplied with other partners, other countries. For example, the agreements signed with the trade unions were then signed with other partners, other countries. The seminars and booklets were replicated with other funds and resources.

Confidence-building: The project was able to build confidence among various stakeholders and bring a better understanding of concerns related to labour migration and the role of social partners in each of the countries through its flexibility to adapt to each situation and raise in each of them awareness and capacity. As it was underlined during a meeting in Georgia, the project has created new partnerships and new «social» dialogues where there were none and where the stakeholders did not know that they could be involved in migration issues, for example like most of the trade unions. Confidence-building relies on taking and sharing responsibilities, which is one of the strong points of the project. It gave way to ownership.

Returnees and more humanistic approaches to their integration: Returnees are not only those migrants who come back to invest, nor the invisible ones - they are also those who have suffered, need employment etc. The project was capable to tackle this issue through the social partners whose capacities have been enhanced.