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Verité’s recently released report An Exploratory Study on the Role of Corruption in Labor Migration examined three illustrative transnational migrant worker recruitment corridors – Nepal to Qatar, Myanmar to Malaysia, and Myanmar to Thailand – to identify the points in the recruitment process where bribes or illicit payments are solicited and paid; the entities implicated; the range and nature of such payments; and the corresponding benefit that accrues to the employers of migrant workers.

The report also details how recruitment-related corruption directly contribute to the excessive and illegal fee burdens frequently faced by migrant workers and creates potential legal risks for multi-national companies in origin and destination countries as well as under extraterritorial anti-corruption statutes such as the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act (UKBA). Verité gratefully acknowledges the Freedom Fund for funding this report.

For more information contact: Declan Croucher