Migrant workers are an ever-present feature of global supply chains, found in all sectors and all geographies. Low-income migrant workers are amongst the most vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, and are often the least able to assert their rights. For many, a lack of viable options to sustain a livelihood at home increases their willingness to accept poor working conditions abroad. Exploitation of migrant workers can be found at all stages of a typical migration cycle - from recruitment, through employment, and during the return home.
Much of IHRB’s work in this area is focussed on how workers are recruited and in particular the payment of recruitment fees to secure employment.
IHRB migrant worker initiatives include:
- Dhaka Principles for Migration with Dignity: A key framework for understanding and addressing the challenges facing migrant workers at every stage of the migration cycle.
- Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment: A coalition of leading international companies and expert organisations committed to eradicating the payment of recruitment fees by workers in their supply chains.
17 June 2019
- Submission: Comments on the Thai National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights
- Briefing: Migrant Worker Accommodation
- Briefing: Migrant Workers and Trade Unions
- Briefing: Migrant Worker Wages and Payslips
09 July 2019 Bangkok, Thailand
- Event: Driving Responsible Recruitment in Asia: Malaysia Roundtable
- Event: Driving Responsible Recruitment in Asia: Myanmar Roundtable
- Event: Is Responsible Recruitment a Challenge in the European Context?
- Event: The History and Future of the Business and Human Rights Movement
10 July 2019
- Commentary: Statement by Sharan Burrow to the Global Forum for Responsible Recruitment
- Commentary: The ILO at 100 - Looking Back, Moving Ahead
- Commentary: Migrant Worker Updates from the Gulf and South East Asia
- Commentary: Seeking Safety, Seeking Opportunity, Seeking Rights - Reflections on the Migrant Caravan in Mexico
03 June 2019
04 May 2018
15 March 2019