Policy Brief: Regulation of Recruitment Agencies in the Greater Mekong Subregion (2016)

This policy brief provides background information on the use and regulation of private recruitment agencies in the Greater Mekong Subregion and highlights policies and practices regarding the regulation of recruitment agencies in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Regional and international standards on regulating recruitment agencies are outlined, and the importance of international co-operation is stressed, not only co-operation between countries of origin and countries of destination, but between countries of origin, who can share technical expertise, experiences, best practices, and unite to collectively negotiate with destination countries. The policy brief proposes nine recommendations for Mekong governments and emphasises that governments must make the regulation of recruitment agencies for the protection of workers a priority and work to develop and maintain political will to ensure these goals are accomplished.

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