Regional Workshop on Ethical Business and Recruitment Practices in Labour Migration


The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP), Migrant Forum Asia (MFA) and the Middle-East Centre for Training and Development are inviting applicants for a regional training workshop on migrant workers and the responsibilities of the private sector in the Middle-East, North Africa and Asia. This training course will take place in Dubai, UAE, from 1 May to 4 May, 2014.

The training program will build the knowledge and skills of individuals concerned with the situation of migrant workers in the Middle East.  It will build knowledge of relevant international standards and practices and skills in using available mechanisms in their advocacy, and in engaging with private sector actors.  The residential program will also provide a valuable forum for the sharing of knowledge and skills, and for the building of support networks.


The program is aimed at individuals who work for and with NGOs/CSOs and national human rights institutions, and who have the commitment and capacity to apply the training to their work for vulnerable migrant workers. Consideration is given to ensure a gender and geographical balance. The program will be conducted in English and Arabic.


  • Develop familiarity of advocates with some of the key international human rights/business standards and mechanisms most relevant to migrant workers and the private sector
  • Develop an understanding of the recruitment procedures, employment conditions and legal protections present in the sending countries in Asia and the receiving countries in the Middle East
  • Explore the challenges to promoting and implementing these standards and mechanisms in the context of migrant workers from Asia in the Middle-East, particularly through the lens of the three pillars of the UN Framework/Principles on Business and Human Rights – that is, state duty to protect, corporate responsibility to respect, and access to remedy
  • Encourage engagement between representatives of civil society and the private sector particularly focused on issues of ethical recruitment
  • Identify priorities for further action, including written/online materials to build the capacity of civil society to more effectively engage the private sector at the national level