Labour Migration Branch (MIGRANT)

Ms Maria Gallotti
Chief Technical Advisor

Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch (FUNDAMENTALS)

Helen Bohyn

Fair recruitment

Global Action to Improve the Recruitment Framework of Labour Migration (REFRAME)

Global action aiming 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. Project leaflet

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 level, and is implemented under the framework of the ILO Fair Recruitment Initiative.

[Duration: 15/01/2017 - 14/01/2020 ¦ Project code: GLO/15/41/EUR]

Funded by the European Union


  1. News

    The ILO Governing Body approves the publication and dissemination of the Definition of Recruitment Fees and Related Costs

    The ILO Governing has approved the publication and dissemination of the definition of recruitment fees and related costs, adopted by a Tripartite Meeting of Experts, held in Geneva in November 2018.

  2. Measuring recruitment costs

    Statistics for SDG indicator 10.7.1: Draft Guidelines for their Collection

    This draft set of Guidelines for the collection of statistics for SDG indicator 10.7.1 on reducing recruitment costs, identifies a number of conceptual issues and definitions with respect to measuring recruitment costs borne by an employee as a proportion of monthly income earned in the country of destination. These guidelines have been produced by the ILO and the WB, as co-custodians of SDG Indicator 10.7.1, with the support of the EU funded ILO-REFRAME project and the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD). They have been validated through a consultative process with National Statistical Offices and, as a result of this process the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goals (IAEG-SDG) moved SDG indicator 10.7.1 from Tier 3 to Tier 2, in October 2019.

  3. Meeting

    Businesses and Fair Recruitment: promoting responsible business conduct via the joint ILO-EU REFRAME project

    19 - 20 September 2018, Manila, Philippines - ILO Philippines

  4. Workshop

    Media and the Fair Recruitment Initiative: ILO and IFJ engage journalists on ethical reporting

    3 - 5 September 2018, Dead Sea, Jordan - ILO Jordan

  5. Meeting

    Tripartite Meeting of Experts on Defining Recruitment Fees and Related Costs

    14 - 16 November 2018, Geneva

  6. Traning

    Establishing fair recruitment processes

    01 October 2018 - 05 October 2018, ILO International Training Centre, Turin. Deadline for application: 01 September 2018

  7. First edition January 2018

    Fair Recruitment Initiative Newsletter

    In this edition, among other subjects: How to promote and achieve fair recruitment; Winners of the 2017 Media Competition on labour migration; Journalists training in the Philippines; ITC-ILO Global training course on establishing fair recruitment processes, 2017 edition; Interregional consultation on labour migration and mobility from Asia/Africa to the Middle East, 4-5 October 2017, Beirut.

  8. New app for migrant workers

    Recruitment Advisor platform

    A new app helps migrants assess recruitment agencies.

Key resources

  1. Consultative workshop

    Consultative workshop on SDG indicator 10.7.1 guidelines for measuring recruitment costs

    On September 13-14 2018, the ILO and World Bank, with the financial support of the EU, held a consultative workshop to determine how best to promote the adoption and production of an internationally comparable SDG indicator on recruitment costs.

  2. Project leaflet

    ILO/EU REFRAME Project

    01 February 2018

    Global action to improve the recruitment framework of labour migration (REFRAME). Project brief description; it includes challenges, objectives, scope, and contribution to the ILO Fair Recruitment Initiative

  3. Publication

    General principles and operational guidelines for fair recruitment

    01 December 2016

    The objective of these General principles and operational guidelines for fair recruitment is to inform the current and future work of the ILO and of other organizations, national legislatures, and the social partners on promoting and ensuring fair recruitment. These principles and guidelines are derived from a number of sources, including international labour standards and ILO instruments among others.