Improving migrants conditions - what governments must do

published 18-12-2013 08:47, last modified 18-12-2013 08:47
There is a need to push for greater recognition of the benefits migration brings to the country of origin and destination, and for a more pro-migrant attitude from governments.

The role of governments

There is a need to push for greater recognition of the benefits migration brings to the country of origin and destination, and for a more pro-migrant attitude from governments.

  • Employment law should take priority over immigration policies.

  • Laws should be changed to ensure better protection of migrant workers.

  • Enforcement of existing laws needs to be improved.

  • Foreign worker “first out” policies should be abolished.

  • Visas should not be tied to a particular employer.

  • Application processes for visas and permits should be made simpler and more accessible to workers.

  • When labour complaints are made the government should grant workers involved in legal action against employers the right to stay, work and have their complaint heard.

  • Embassies should take responsibility for protecting the rights of migrant workers from their countries, regardless of legal status or migration process.

  • Take a proactive role in promoting and informing workers about labour rights.

  • Sign bilateral agreements with countries of origin and destination.

  • Sign and ratify the ILO and UN conventions on migrant workers and their families and ensure they are properly implemented.