Recommendations for Actions to Enhance Skills Development for Migrant Workers in Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Thailand

Year of Publication: 
2021

Skills development is recognized as essential to poverty reduction and enhanced protection for migrant workers, and can contribute to increased productivity and job satisfaction for migrant workers. Skills development also optimizes the employability of migrants in labour markets in countries of origin and destination, as well as ensuring decent work in labour migration. Responsive and more inclusive skills development for women and men migrant workers can thus create positive spill over effects on economic growth for countries of origin and destination, as well as on positive migration outcomes for migrants.

To promote and increase skills development opportunities for migrant workers, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) collaborates with multiple stakeholders including governments, skills development providers (SDPs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) to align policies, share and promote best practices, and facilitate skills recognition.

To further strengthen the capacities of skills development providers to provide market-driven, migrant-centred and gender-responsive skills training for migrant workers, IOM organized a Regional Conference on Enhancing Skills Development for Migrant Workers in Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Thailand on 14 July 2021. The Regional Conference was attended by 65 government representatives from the ministries of labour of Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Thailand (CLT); as well as representatives from SDPs and development partners. The Conference provided a platform for different stakeholders to discuss and develop recommendations on streamlining skills development for migrant workers, and integrating and institutionalizing soft skills and safe migration training into existing skills development programmes.

This paper presents the recommendations on enhancing skills development for migrant workers across Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Thailand that were discussed during the Conference.

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