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  • Writer's pictureJoycelyn Migratesafe

Key Principles of Ethical Recruitment for Migrant Workers

According to the latest available estimates by the ILO, there are 169 million international migrant workers globally. Which means, international migrant workers make up 4.9 per cent of the global labour force. However, many migrant workers around the world are still vulnerable to abuse of human rights, such as forced labour and modern slavery.

Ethical Recruitment ensures hiring practices are being done fairly and with transparency

These are the key principles of ethical recruitment for migrant workers: 

  • Transparency Transparency means being open about the recruitment process, job terms and expectations to candidates. This will help candidates to make informed decisions. Often, migrant workers are forced to sign contracts that they do not understand, leading to cases like forced labour and exploitation. 

  • Fair wages and “no recruitment fees” policy Migrant workers should not be charged excessive fees for recruitment. Recruitment fees may include job matching services, travel costs, medical check-ups, insurance, and visa fees. Most migrant workers cannot afford to pay these fees upfront, and out of desperation, may enter into bad debt with employment agencies and loan providers. After starting employment, migrant workers may be subjected to unknown and excessive salary deductions furthering them into debt and bondage situations. Fair wages and “no placement fees” policy can help eliminate some of these risks.

  • Training and Support One of the factors of exploitation is migrant workers’ limited knowledge of the recruitment process, job terms and their rights. Language and cultural barriers can be one of the problems faced by many migrant workers as well. Providing comprehensive training can prepare migrant workers for their life and work overseas. 

  • Respect for Migrant Workers Migrant workers should enjoy a safe working environment. Migrant workers should have regular rest days and access to basic healthcare. Other than that, they should be given the liberty to spend their rest days outside of their work premises. With this, they can learn to adapt to the local culture as well. 

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