Main Focus on Foreign Migrant Workers - A Review of Cross-Border Recruitment Practices and Advocacy Initiatives.
In a fresh bid to prevent human trafficking, Government, Workers' and Employers' representatives from five countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) gathered in the Cambodian capital to review and make further recommendations for improvements in cross-border recruitment practices for migrant workers.
Hosted by the Royal Government of Cambodia, the gathering of the Sub-regional Advisory Committee (SURAC) to the International Labour Organization's Mekong Project to Combat Trafficking in Children and Women will also consider, and make recommendations for, improvements in awareness raising and advocacy initiatives to better protect migrant workers from the labour and sexual exploitation that results from internal and cross-border trafficking.
H.E. Mr. Nhep Bunchin, Minister of Labour and Vocational Training, delivered a keynote address to the delegates at 8:30 AM, Monday, 8 May 2006 at the Phnom Penh Hotel.
Migrants, especially teens and young women, are at a heightened risk of trafficking due to the vulnerabilities of crossing international borders, especially without the proper documentation to work in the receiving areas, and with few legal avenues for protection or redress from those who would exploit those vulnerabilities at destination and throughout their journey.
Streamlining, popularizing and disseminating information about legal migration processes and recruitment practices - and advocating for defending human rights of foreign migrant workers - are seen as crucial steps in effectively addressing the inherent link between trafficking and migrant labour. Improved awareness-raising about various cross-border agreements between GMS countries and their legal migration processes is seen as one of several approaches to help reduce the vulnerabilities.
Representatives of Governments, Workers' and Employers' Organizations from Cambodia, China's Yunnan Province, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam participated in the two-day event at the Phnom Penh Hotel (8 - 9 May).
The ILO is working in partnership with Governments, Workers' and Employers' Organizations to improve social dialogue with respect to recruitment practices of migrants workers and their access to decent work. In the GMS, the ILO is committed to eliminating child labour and forced labour and is presently working with, and supported by, the European Union, the UK Government - through its Department for International Development (DFID), the Government of Japan and others to reduce the vulnerabilities of migrant workers across the region and ensure that the contributions of their labour benefit both sending and receiving countries alike.
For more information, please contact:
Mr. Allan Dow
ILO Mekong Sub-regional Project to Combat Trafficking in Children and Women
10th Floor, United Nations Building, Rajadamnoen Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200 Thailand
Tel: +662 288 2057; Fax: +662 288 3063; Mob: +669 891 5003
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