Safer labour migration and community-based prevention of exploitation

This new report, published by the Freedom Fund, is authored by a team of SaME researchers including Dr Ligia Kiss and Alys McAlpine and led by Dr Cathy Zimmerman from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).  

“Safer labour migration and community-based prevention of exploitation: The state of the evidence for programming” provides a state of evidence analysis on ‘safer migration’ programming and considers evidence priorities for future interventions.

Over the past decade, as ‘human trafficking’, ‘modern slavery’ and ‘forced labour’ have gained greater international attention and investment, the dialogue has increasingly turned to prevention, aiming to avert exploitation by fostering safer migration. In a world of structural factors that create hurdles and risks for migrant workers, community-based programming now often includes terms such as ‘safe’ or ‘high risk’ migration and aims to help aspiring migrants avoid exploitation.

But, to date, it remains unclear what, in practice, makes individual migrants more or less safe, which risk factors lead to adverse migration outcomes and what actions people can take to prevent being exploited.

The report’s findings are intended to offer one of the most robust reviews to date on the state of current evidence for donors and practitioners to work towards the design of a future research agenda and prevention programming to address this highly prevalent and complex problem of migrant labour exploitation.

Read an overview of our research in this field.

See a resource page with links to a range of papers and reports on our work.

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