Private Sector and Migration



May 2​021

Private sector actors play an increasingly important role in addressing migration related challenges and in harnessing the benefits of migration. They act as service providers, as employers and job creators for migrants and forcibly displaced persons, support governments in governing migration and have important leverage in influencing migration-related policies. This newsletter provides an overview of how private sector actors can engage in different stages of the migration cycle and what needs to be considered to foster meaningful and functioning partnerships with business.

This page presents concrete private sector initiatives and collaborations in the field of fair and ethical recruitment as well as skills development creating win-win situations for migrants and the private sector.

Mapping priva​​te sector engage​ment along the migration cycle​

By the European Centre for Development Policy Manageme​​nt​

The private sector plays an important role in achieving deve​​​lopment outcomes. This SDC supported study maps the interaction between the private sector and migration. It iden​tifies the roles of the different state and non-state actors when the private sector is interacting with migrants and refugees along the migration cycle.

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Human rights and migrant workers in global supply c​​hains​

Video Interview with Neill Wilkins, Head of the Migrant Workers Programme, Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB)

In these video interviews, Neill Wilkins shares some insights into the work of the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment, a company-led collective platform to promote responsible recruitment practices amongst business, the recruitment industry and government.

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The Employer Pays Principle (EPP) and accountability​

Interview with Henriette McCool, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at VINCI

The role of employers in ethical recruitment and decent work. Henriette McCool lays out how VINCI participates in the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment and how this engagement influences their work with partners and other stakeholders. ​

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Fostering mobility as a key for private sector development in Senegal

By Raffaella Greco Tonegutti, Belgian Development Agency, Enabel 

Skilling, Matching and Moving: opportunities for Senegalese nano-entrepreneurs and Belgian businesses.

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By Mohira Kurbanova, Project Officer, IOE

Start-ups need the financial resources and human capital to scale-up and grow. The IOE-Seedstars competition supported by SDC, creates opportunities for investing in human capital as well as in innovations harnessing the potential of highly specialized new economic sectors.​

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Skilling migrant workers for employment

Video Interview with Roberto Suarez Santos, Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers - IOE

The employers' perspective. In this video interview Roberto Suarez Santos, shares the IOE perspective on the role of employers in skilling migrants for employment, promoting the business necessity ​for well-regulated migration and he talks about the impacts of COVID-19 on employers who hire migrant workforce.

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Swiss prosperity and migration

Interview with Marco Taddei, Head of the International Affairs Department, Swiss Employers' Confederation (SEC)​

Mobility of the skilled and unskilled workforce is a highly debated issue on the migration governance agenda. In this interview, Marco Taddei shares their role and perspective on this topic, as well some of the concerns regarding Covid-19 and migrant workers in Switzerland.

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Striving for progress in Safe Migration

​Interview with Farooq Ahmed, Bangladesh Employers‟ Federation (BEF), Secretary-General

Safe migration and decent work are among the main concerns regarding Migration in the Bangladesh. In this interview, Farooq Ahmed shares their role and perspective on this topic, and sheds some light on the concerns regarding return and reintegration of migrant workers due to Covid-19. ​

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