India consistently ranks as the world’s largest recipient of remittances from its overseas community. Of the estimated 25 million Indian nationals living abroad, approximately 40 percent live and work in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. Verité has been highlighting the exploitation faced by semi or unskilled Indian workers in the GCC and other regions for many years. The March issue of Vision highlighted the launch of a new project, supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor to promote safe and fair migration from India to the GCC states.
Links to articles we’re talking about in November 2017.
Last month in Vision, we reported on a new project that looks at labor migration in the Kenya to Gulf corridor. The project promotes the rights of migrant workers through a multi-faceted strategy based on partnership. On this project, we’re working with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to engage all of the key stakeholders in the migration process, including governments, community groups, labor advocates, recruitment agencies, and employers as well as, of course, migrant workers themselves.
In previous Vision articles, we have pointed out that inadequate screening and oversight of brokers, recruitment agents, and labor outsourcing providers almost invariably leads to both legal and code of conduct non-compliances. It is closely correlated with the presence of indicators of forced and bonded labor in facilities that employ foreign migrant workers.