Today, December 18th, is International Migrants Day. Despite many measures at national and international level to protect migrant workers, they continue to be subject to abuse and exploitation. While a lot of research and advocacy has been done to improve decency and fairness in labour migration, the aspect of corruption – a major form of abuse – has not been looked at in a systematic way. Corruption impacts on fairness and equity in recruitment processes, it impacts on the decency of work, it exacerbates inequalities and empties the coffers of the State.
In 2008, TISL commissioned a study on corruption in recruitment to foreign employment to the Centre for Women’s Research (CENWOR). The study profiles corruption risks faced by migrant workers when seeking overseas employment as well as risks arising from governance structures in the institutions and agencies set up to protect them.
A launch event will be held at the end of January.