Today there are an estimated 244 million international migrants around the world, the majority of whom are migrant workers. Globalization, demographic shifts, conflicts, income inequalities and climate change will encourage ever more people to cross borders in search of employment and security. Yet, the migration process entails complex challenges in terms of governance, migrant workers' protection, migration and development linkages and international cooperation. The Academy on Labour Migration (LMA) offers participants a unique opportunity to benefit from a diversified training package, exploring fair and effective labour migration governance, linkages between migration and sustainable development, and instruments and mechanisms for protecting migrants' and their families' rights. Participants will tailor their own two-week course by choosing from several electives, and will benefit from an innovative and dynamic learning environment.
Today there are an estimated 244 million international migrants around the world, the majority of whom are migrant workers. Globalization, demographic shifts, conflicts, income inequalities and climate change will encourage ever more people to cross borders in search of employment and security. Yet, the migration process entails complex challenges in terms of governance, migrant workers' protection, migration and development linkages and international cooperation.
The Academy on Labour Migration (LMA) offers participants a unique opportunity to benefit from a diversified training package, exploring fair and effective labour migration governance, linkages between migration and sustainable development, and instruments and mechanisms for protecting migrants' and their families' rights. Participants will tailor-make their own two-week course by choosing from several elective courses, and will benefit from an innovative and dynamic learning environment.
The LMA aims at providing advanced knowledge and enhancing the capacity of key migration actors to better understand labour migration challenges and opportunities in a changing political, economic and social context.
It covers a wide range of labour migration cross-cutting themes, such as the protection of men and women migrant worker, fair and effective labour migration governance, and linkages between migration and sustainable development. At the end of the LMA, participants will be able to:
- Understand and address key issues and policies regarding labour migration at the global and regional level, and also from a gender perspective;
- promote migration-development linkages and rights-based approaches to labour migration policies and programmes at national, regional and international levels;
- recognize the pivotal role of social dialogue and key world-of-work actors (representatives of employers’ and workers’ organizations) in the development of labour migration policy, and in resolving critical issues relating to labour migration;
- analyze and use International Labour Standards and ILO and United Nations supervisory mechanisms and procedures for protecting migrant workers’ human rights, including labour rights and;
- deepen and master the “Decent Work” approach for migrants and refugees.
The LMA is aimed at the following groups:
- Policy planners and officials from various governmental institutions and agencies involved in labour migration
- Representatives of workers’ and employers’ organizations handling labour migration matters
- Staff of NGOs and civil society organizations, and activists working with migrant workers at the grass-roots level
- Representatives of diaspora and migrants’ associations
- Staff of international development agencies and regional economic communities
- Researchers and academics working on labour migration issues
- Journalists and media workers
The LMA’s content will draw upon the ILO Agenda on Fair Migration and other key outcomes, such as the Conclusions of the International Labour Conference general discussion on labour migration held in June 2017, the Conclusions of the Tripartite Technical Meeting on Labour Migration held in November 2013, the ILO Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration 2006, and the 2004 International Labour Conference plan of action for migrant workers. The Guiding Principles on Access of Refugees and other Forcibly Displaced Persons to the Labour Market, adopted by the Tripartite Technical Meeting in July 2016 and the Principles and Operational Guidelines on Fair Recruitment, adopted by the Tripartite Meeting of Experts in September 2016, are also important and relevant recent sources.
While there will inevitably be some overlap between the content of the daily plenary forum and the elective courses – as well as some overlap in the content of the elective courses – the objective of the latter is to investigate the topics under discussion in considerably more detail.
Daily plenary forum include topics such as :
- Impact of demographic trends on migration and labour markets at global and regional level
- Adopting a rights-based approach to migration: Human rights, including labour rights, of migrant workers and their families.
- Global and regional labour migration trends and driving forces, including South-South movements
- Global initiatives on migration, including ILO initiatives such as the Fair Migration Agenda and the ILO Fair Recruitment Initiative
- Migration in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- International and regional modalities in the governance of labour migration and labour mobility
- Future migration scenarios
- National and regional experiences highlighting labour migration good practices around the world
(selected among the 3 thematic areas)
Fair and effective governance of labour migration
- Coordination, coherence and cooperation between government institutions and other agencies dealing with labour migration
- Negotiating bilateral labour migration agreements
- Regional integration processes and labour mobility
- Reinforcing social dialogue in the governance of labour migration
- Labour migration and statistics
- Instituting fair recruitment processes
- Assessing labour market shortages and the need for migrant workers
- Skills and migration
- Access to the labour market and labour mobility for refugees
Protection of migrant workers
- Extending the social protection of migrant workers and their families
- Anti-discrimination and equality of treatment policies and social integration
- Preventing abusive migration practices: irregular migration, smuggling, and trafficking for forced labour
- The role of labour inspection in the protection of all migrant workers
- Reaching out to and organizing migrant workers
- Access to justice and labour dispute and grievance-settlement mechanisms
- The role of labour attachés in the protection of migrant workers’ rights
- Protecting migrant workers in vulnerable situations
Migration and sustainable development
- Maximizing the impact of migrant remittances, and the financial education and inclusion of migrants
- Fostering the social and professional reintegration of returning migrants
- Mainstreaming migration into national development planning
- Migration and youth employment
- Mainstreaming gender into migration and development policies
- Entrepreneurship of migrants
- Migration and local development
- Migration and informal economy
Format and Methodology
Format and Methodology
The ITC promotes a three-phased approach in its learning activities:
- Distance phase (online platform): two weeks before the Face-to-face (residential) phase, during which participants can access initial information on the course content, follow an introductory module and select the elective course they wish to attend.
- Face-to-face phase (residential): which combines lectures and discussions, as well as case studies, role-play exercises and group work.
- Follow-up phase (online platform) : during which participants can access course material, as well as new resources online, and can continue discussion and consultation with other participants and experts on the internet through the Forum discussion of the online platform but also with the alumni of former editions of the LMA through social network groups, such as Facebook and Twitter.
During the LMA:
- An action-oriented, highly participative approach will be used, with particular attention devoted to sharing international experiences with a view to their adaptation and practical application.
- Training methods will combine lectures and discussions, case studies, open space debate, role-play exercises and group work using up-to-date learning methods and technologies.
- Particular attention will be paid to the presentation of “good practices” through case studies reflecting experiences already gained locally and internationally, with a view also to contributing to the ILO good practices database on labour migration policies and programmes.
The Academy will be offered in Arabic, English and French. All plenary sessions as well as some elective courses will be offered with simultaneous translation while most of the elective courses will be conducted in either Arabic, English or French.