Verité is proud to announce the launch of a new project supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. The project promotes safe and fair labor migration from India to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states using a multi-faceted strategic approach to build civil society capacity and coordination in both sending and receiving countries. Our goal is to establish a robust, comprehensive framework protecting migrant workers at every stage of the migration process, from recruitment and deployment to employment and safe return.
To implement the project, Verité will work closely with our long-standing network partner ASK-India, whose Executive Director, Dr. Aqueel Khan, was interviewed in the March edition of Vision. ASK will lead grassroots and community-based engagement in two States in India (Kerala and Uttar Pradesh), working with civil society networks and trade unions to enhance their capacity; strengthen coordination; and promote sustained engagement on migration, responsible recruitment, the protection of migrants’ rights, and support for returnees. This will be complemented by outreach to migrant cultural and welfare associations in the GCC states and a cross-cutting social media and communications strategy that takes advantage of new technologies to facilitate and sustain communication between migrant workers and their advocates. The project will be implemented over the next 24 months.
While much of the project focuses on local and grassroots engagement, its work will also inform (and be informed by) policy dialogue at the international level. Over the next 12 months, as the global community consults, negotiates, and finalizes a new global instrument to promote safe migration, we will share lessons-learned with civil society and multistakeholder initiatives: first in June at the Global Forum on Migration and Development, and thereafter at a series of regional and global consultations led by the U.N. and International Labour Organization on labor mobility and decent work. This approach – at once global and local – is a defining feature of Verité’s work on migration, and one that we believe shapes policy dialogue to the benefit of migrant workers everywhere.