RIAL Workshop on Labor Migration
This workshop is part of the activities of the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML) of the OAS, which in its XIX reunion held in Cancun, Mexico in December 2015, had as one of its priority themes labor migration and the need to advance on the protection of rights of migrant workers.
The general objective of the Workshop is to analyze and exchange experiences (policies and programs), and identify lessons learned and recommendations, in order to strengthen the work of the Ministries of Labor on labor migration.
Considering that labor migration is a multi-dimensional phenomenon, the Ministries of Labor of the region were consulted on the topics to cover during the workshop through the Working Groups of the IACML as well as with special input from its authorities. Based upon the given responses, it was defined that the workshop will focus on the analysis and exchanges of policies and programs undertaken by Ministries of Labor in the following two areas:
- The development of labor market information systems and the provision of relevant information to guide comprehensive migration policy
- The protection of labor rights of migrant workers, including the role of labor inspection, as well as efforts to raise awareness and disseminate information.
The event is co-organized by the Organization of American States, as the Technical Secretary of the IACML, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and is hosted by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MTSS) of Costa Rica.
- Active and enriching exchange between Ministries of Labor on the initiatives they are carrying out on the topic of the protection of the rights of migrant workers and the development of labor market information systems. This exchange was complemented by the valuable perspectives of workers 'and employers' representatives.
- Analysis and reports from experts and international organizations on the different aspects of labor migration in the region, some of which include migration flows, the link between labor market and migration, a focus on a rights based approach, protection of migrant workers at all stages, the migration cycle and social security.
- Active participation from 17 labor ministries in the region, workers’ and employers’ representatives, international organizations such as the IOM, ILO, CISS and OAS, and subregional organizations such as CARICOM and SISCA.
- At the end of the event and as a result of a participatory exercise in subgroups, lessons learned and policy recommendations with regard to the management of labor migration, especially within the Ministries of Labor, were identified. These lessons and recommendations will be included in a document of Workshop Conclusions, and they can be valuable for the design and implementation of strategies to protect the rights of migrant workers and their families.
FRAMEWORK SESSION: LABOR MIGRATION IN THE AMERICAS TODAY AND THE ROLE OF MINISTRIES OF LABOR
PANEL 1: LABOR MARKET INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND MIGRATION POLICY
PANEL 2: PROTECTING THE LABOR RIGHTS OF MIGRANT WORKERS