IOM-MFA webinar series: Access to remedy for migrant worker

Many migrant workers are unable to access remedy or report abuses in the recruitment process, particularly those  related to recruitment fees and costs. According to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP), businesses have a responsibility to respect, prevent and remedy human rights abuses in their operations. This means they are also responsible for providing remedies to victims where harm has occurred. The UNGP explains that remedy may include apologies, restitution, rehabilitation, financial or non-financial compensation and punitive sanctions (whether criminal or administrative, such as fines), as well as the prevention of harm through, for example, injunctions or guarantees of non-repetition.

The 2020 global comparative study by the International Labour Organization (ILO on defining recruitment fees and related costs states that payment of recruitment fees and  related costs) significantly increases workers vulnerabilities to forced labour, debt bondage and human trafficking.  The ILO  finds that the “costs of coercion were approximately US$21 billion, with the total amount of underpaid wages estimated to be US$19.6 billion, with the remaining US$1.4 billion attributed to illegal recruitment fees” (ILO 2014b, 10). Recruitment fees and cost can amount several months of a worker’s salary. 

This webinar will look at existing good practices on access to remedy for migrant workers who experience abuse in the recruitment process. Speakers of the webinar will include representatives from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and organization that work with the business sector in developing effective remediation process for workers.

The webinar will have the following objectives:

  1. Share and learn about good practices on access to remedy for migrants who experience abuse in the recruitment process
  2. Understand barriers for migrant workers to accesseffective remedy

The outcome of the webinar will contribute to a policy brief on migrant workers access to remedy and will serve as background document for a regional stakeholders’ consultation on recruitment reform that is will be held in 2021

Dr. Chowdhurry Abrar, Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU)

Resource Persons

  1. Rosey Hurst, Impact Limited
  2. Sumitha Shanthini Kishan, Our Journey Malaysia
  3. Archana Kotecha,  Remedy Project
  4. Henry Rojas, Lawyers Beyond Borders Philippines

The proposed participants of the webinar will include migrant civil society organizations, trade unions, private sector, international institutions including among others representatives from IOM and ILO.

Registration, Date and Time of Webinar:

The webinar is organized via zoom and all participants are requested to register. Please register for the webinar at link: 

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, 16 December 2020 at 4PM Manila time. To check the time in your country please click the link: 



Resource Person

Opening and Introduction
Overview of IOM CREST


5 min.

Introductory Questions
Questions provided by speakers

All speakers

5 min. each

Can you share tell us about the work that you do in the remedy project and your proposal for migrant workers to access remedy within global supply chains? What would be needed for migrant workers to be able to access remedy within global supply chains?

Archana Kotecha
8 min.

Your organization, Impact Limited has developed the Standards for Repayment of Recruitment Fees and Related Costs. Can you share with us the basic principles of the standards. What needs to be done and what part does each actor need to play to drive towards the highest standards of best practice in the real world?

Rosey Hurst

8 min

We understand that you are currently  working on develop remediation mechanisms for migrant workers.  Can share more about the work that you do and the mechanisms you are developing? 

Sumitha Kishna

8 min.

The Philippines instituted a law on Joint and Solidary Liability to allow migrants to access to remedy even after returning home to the country. Wage theft is a key issue that affected  migrant workers during COVID-19 and the Philippine government has said that migrants can still claim unpaid salaries through the Joint and Solidary Liability. From your experiences, are migrants actually able to utilize this during the pandemic? What are challenges in line with this?

Henry Rojas

8 min.

Questions from participants


All speakers

5 min each


5-10 min.

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