With support from the US Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Verité continues work with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Kenya, civil society organizations, the Government of Kenya, recruitment industry actors, as well as employers in GCC countries to promote safe and fair migration between East Africa and GCC countries. This project recognizes that East African migrants to the GCC countries are among the most vulnerable, as East Africa has become the new frontier for recruiting labor for low wage jobs in GCC countries.
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 2017, Verité looks forward to continuing work on the project, Promoting Safe and Fair Migration from Kenya to the Gulf States, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Kenya and HAART, an NGO dedicated to ending human trafficking in Kenya. From Verité’s earliest days, we have been committed to working with partner organizations in the regions in which we work. While meeting face-to-face with our partners in Nairobi last month, we solidified our collaborative approach to build a project that brings together stakeholders from all stages of the labor migration corridor between Kenya and the Gulf states.