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Safer labour migration and community-based prevention of exploitation: The state of the evidence for programming.

February. 12, 2016 / Our Reports The Freedom Fund / @freedom_fund

Safer labour migration and community-based prevention of exploitation: The state of the evidence for programming“, by Dr Cathy Zimmerman, Alys McAlpine and Dr Ligia Kiss 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.

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.

Download the report here.