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New alliance launched to combat unethical international recruitment
Recognizing that labour mobility is important for the private sector and that there is a need to involve it at national and international levels, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) are working together to enhance migration as a force for development.

Well-managed labour mobility that is safe and efficient is essential in today's global labour market for both employers and migrants. A memorandum of understanding was exchanged between IOM and FICCI today (March 24) in Geneva.

IOM and FICCI are forging a path to reduce exploitative recruitment practices in international labour migration that harm workers and employers.

The migration of workers to other countries is crucial to the economies of both India and the host countries. A major area of concern is unscrupulous and unethical recruitment intermediaries who prey on poorly informed migrants and charge extortionate fees in order to secure jobs overseas.

"A commitment towards ethical recruitment would mitigate both employer detriment and improve worker welfare. Most of the unethical practices that take place are because of unscrupulous third party mediation resulting in increased costs of migration and vulnerability of the migrant and lowering overall productivity" said A. Didar Singh, Secretary General of FICCI in a statement.

IOM and FICCI are committed to working together with governments, employers, like-minded intermediaries and civil society to develop practical solutions to the global problem of unfair and unethical recruitment.

"The partnership between IOM and FICCI is an important step toward making labour migration safer and more efficient. Eliminating abusive practices and excessive costs is necessary for well-functioning international labour mobility and for the protection of migrant workers. The private sector has an important role to play in this process and this partnership will help bring key stakeholders into the dialogue." said the Director-General of IOM, William Lacy Swing.

IOM is the leading international organization concerned with migration committed to improved migration governance through safe, efficient and orderly migration. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry is the voice of India's business and industry and has established partnerships with over 200 industry associations and the Government of India.

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