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Migrant Worker Guidelines for Employers

This publication is to provide practical guidance for business enterprises on how to recruit and employ international migrant workers ethically and responsibly. The guidance offers concrete steps employers across various sectors can take to run their businesses in a manner that respects human and labour rights of migrant workers. The guidance is primarily for human resources and personnel engaged with migrant workers and can be integrated in existing company policies, procedures and practices.

The guidance builds on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) and relevant international human rights and labour standards and frameworks on international migration. It has been developed as part of the IOM’s Corporate Responsibility in Eliminating Slavery and Trafficking (CREST) initiative, through an extensive multi-stakeholder consultation process.

The guidance is accompanied by a set of supporting tools including checklists, guidance notes and other useful documents, to help employers develop and implement the system, principles and practices to manage the labour migration process.


Watch an informational video of the Guidelines here.

This resource is also available in Arabic, Bahasa Malay, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese


Access the first IOM's e-course for employers, which introduces the changing business environment, tells the story of a migrant worker, and explains the key principles laid out in the Migrant Worker Guidelines. The e-course is free of charge and can be completed in 90 minutes. Upon completion of the e-course, participants will receive a certificate from IOM's e-campus.



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