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Sierra Leone News: FMM project capacitates MDAs on Protection of Migrant Workers

Minister of Labour

Minister of Labour

Notwithstanding the rewarding experience that comes with migration, there are enough evidences to suggest that a significant number of migrant workers human rights are being violated.  Media reports buzzed with cases of migrants being abused, enslaved and allegedly killed.  However, as a way of maximizing the benefits of migration and protection of migrants and their families, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) of Sierra Leone started drawing a Labour Migration Policy and subsequently, requested for technical assistance from from the Demand Driven Facility (DDF) within the framework of the “Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa” (FMM West Africa) Project.
The FMM West Africa Project Supports the Training of Ministries, Departments and Agencies on Protection and Empowerment of Migrant Workers and their Families in Sierra Leone and Destination Countries
In his keynote address, at a four-day protection of migrant workers seminar which started yesterday at Brookfields Hotel, the Minister of Labour, Mathew Teambo explained such seminars are very timeless as they come at a time when irregular  migration is taking on serious dimensions and alarming proportions that poses grave danger to the lives and fundamental rights of migrants. However, he noted that the challenges is to promote legal migration, regulate the market for private employment agencies, protect migrant workers from abuse and curb unfair competition in recruitment. Noting that to achieve these goals stakeholders with the requisite knowledge on protection of the human rights of men and women migrant workers and the promotion of their equal opportunity and treatment enshrined in various universal declarations, treaties conventions and protocols developed by the United Nations and other sister agencies.   European Union, International Aid and Cooperation Officer, N’fa Kargbo said, “the workshop from part of the EU and ECOWAS funded project “Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa (FMM West Africa).” He also said the workshop is important because in all this we also need to address the fundamental rights of migrants by preventing the fighting migrant smuggling, eradicating trafficking in human beings and combatting those who exploit vulnerable people.IOM, Head of Mission, Sanusi Savage, said, “We travelled a long way and have managed two previous workshop sessions and a super abundant amount of deliberations among experts to produce a document which I believe can stand the test of time.” ICMPD, Project Officer, Hugo Tavares Augusto, said the training course is precisely within the structure of the draft of the National Labour migration policy that was initially developed in direct consultation with Sierra Leonean partners that we have shaped the training courses that we’ve been organizing since November.The three key areas of focus, he pointed out were: Overall migration governance, protection of migrant workers and their families and the their area he noted was migration and development.
Tuesday May 23, 2017.

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