Research and Reports

IOM (2020): Policy Brief - The Implementation of Bangladesh’s Overseas Employment and Migrants Act of 2013 and the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act of 2012

Published Date: Mar 13, 2020

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in close coordination with the Government of Bangladesh, conducted a stock-taking exercise of the Overseas Employment and Migrants Act (OEMA) of 2013 and the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act (PSHT) of 2012. The initiative was undertaken through the project, “Bangladesh Sustainable Reintegration and Improved Migration Governance (Prottasha)”, implemented by IOM and funded by the European Union. This policy brief summarizes the results of the stock-taking exercise, revealing the implementation scenario of OEMA 2013 and PSHT 2012, including specific factors and challenges. It reviews the existing gaps in the legal provisions and proposes a way forward based on the good practices of other countries for the functional and effective implementation of these two legal frameworks and relevant rules, policies and plans.

IOM (2020): Mapping of labour migration recruitment practices in Bangladesh

Published Date: Feb 25, 2020

The objective of the study is to help improve the migrant labour recruitment system in Bangladesh by reviewing existing practices, procedures and regulatory frameworks, both locally and in countries of destination, as well as by identifying the causes of high labour migration costs from Bangladesh. The study maps recruitment processes for European job markets associated with either regular or irregular migration, as well as identifies “best practices” from other countries of origin, to draw lessons from and replicate in Bangladesh. It also takes into account existing initiatives by various development partners, as well as national and international legislation and policy frameworks, including relevant international instruments and conventions. The study concludes by presenting recommendations that may assist in improving the migrant labour recruitment system in Bangladesh. 

IOM (2019): Migrants and Their Vulnerability to Human Trafficking, Modern Slavery and Forced Labour

Published Date: Aug 01, 2019

A new study, undertaken by Minderoo Foundation’s Walk Free initiative and IOM, examines the connection between migration and modern slavery, and focuses on which migrants are most vulnerable, and in what circumstances, to modern slavery. The report explores various sites of vulnerability where migrants are particularly susceptible to human trafficking, forced labour and modern slavery. The report illustrates that migrants are most vulnerable to exploitation in situations where the authority of the State and society are unable to protect them. It also analyses the characteristics of victims that are thought to contribute to their vulnerability. In addition, the study explains some characteristics of offenders, including worldviews that allow them to rationalize the exploitation of others. Lastly, the study looks at examples of enabling environments or contexts, such as restrictive immigration policies, that engender or exacerbate vulnerability.

Conventry University, CSOP, IOM, Issara Institute (2019): Fish for Export: Working in the Wild Capture Fishing Industry in Indonesia

Published Date: Jun 25, 2019

Indonesia is one of the most important seafood producers in the world.Since 2014, the Indonesian government have embarked on a far-reaching and internationally hailed programme to professionalise the industry.  Business and human rights are the burning issues which arising in line with the increasing social awareness on the private sector’s responsibilities to ensure the enforcement of human rights in their business supply chain. It is important to create a business free of unethical and manipulative recruitment, exploitative working conditions, and other type of modern slavery similar to trafficking in person.

The research explored the employment conditions of fishers and factory workers processing wild catch for export. Specifically, the research explored three areas, first: employment and recruitment conditions of fishers and factory workers engaged in the wild catch industry. Second: sourcing of wild catch seafood by UK and US buyers and retailers, and third: International initiatives aimed at improving labour conditions in seafood. The research provides recommendation for the Indonesian government on two areas: implementation and enforcement of legal framework, and access of workers to trade unions and other forms of workers organizations.

IOM (2019): Debt and the Migration Experience: Insights from South-East Asia

Published Date: May 20, 2019

Debt and the Migration Experience focuses attention on the role of debt in the migration process. It explores how debt influences migration decision-making, its role in facilitating migration, the lived experiences of indebtedness among migrant workers, and, finally, how debt shapes return decision-making and experiences. It also aims to expand the understanding of how debt and financial insecurity shape the potential for sustainable return in the region. In this process, it is critical to understand how debt is taken and used across the migration experience. Indebtedness and other forms of financial insecurity that return migrants experience are often related to the specific circumstances of their migration and any debt associated with it. Through a better understanding of the relationship between migration and debt, the study aims to offer feasible recommendations on how to alleviate the burden of debt experienced by migrant workers and returnees in the region, and to suggest avenues for future research.

IOM (2019): CREST Theory of Change: Working Together to End Migrant Worker Exploitation

Published Date: May 10, 2019

CREST Theory of change examines the root causes of exploitation, forced labour, and vulnerabilities among migrant workers, identifying activities towards addressing them. It proposes that action towards tackling human and labour rights challenges faced by migrant workers in international supply chains must result from a combined effort between various stakeholders. These include brands, suppliers, recruitment agencies, civil society, governments and academia.

ILO (2015): Regulating labour recruitment to prevent human trafficking and to foster fair migration

Published Date: Sep 03, 2018

Provides an understanding of international labour standards and their application with regards to labour recruitment, including regulatory models and approaches aimed at preventing human trafficking and the exploitation of workers in the recruitment process; and models of enforcement to ensure compliance with national law and international standards. Special emphasis is put on the protection of migrant workers in the context of cross-border recruitment and placement.

IOM (2015): Recruitment Monitoring & Migrant Welfare Assistance: What Works?

Published Date: Sep 03, 2018

Examines existing recruitment monitoring mechanisms and compiles good practices from the Colombo Process (CP) countries and key destinations. The report also reviews current provisions for migrant welfare assistance for CP nationals in origin, transit and destination countries. 

UNODC (2015): Linkages between recruitment and trafficking in persons

Published Date: Sep 03, 2018

Examines the relationship between recruitment fees and other abusive and fraudulent practices of recruitment agencies and trafficking in persons, with a particular focus on criminal justice measures. 

ISEAL (2017): The business benefits of using sustainability standards

Published Date: Sep 03, 2018

Reviews business benefits that credible sustainability standards can deliver to various business entities along the length of the supply chain. The scope of the research extends to four sectors (agriculture, forestry, fishery and mining) and covers the business benefits for upstream and downstream business.

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