16-18 September 2019. Kingston, Jamaica. Labour migration has deep historical roots in the Caribbean region, and the number of migrants crossing borders in search of employment and security is expected to increase.  

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the governments of the Caribbean have recognized labour mobility as one of the prominent issues that requires collaborative action of all relevant stakeholders. As a result, focal points of these organizations gathered in a Consultation on the Governance of Labour Migration in the Caribbean on 16-18 September 2019 in Jamaica, with the clear objective of exploring opportunities for innovative initiatives to improve migration management, and successfully deal with challenges and opportunities related to labour migration. 


“IOM believes that a comprehensive governmental approach and the creation of partnerships that include agencies related to migration, civil society, the private sector, workers, migrant representatives and international organizations are a priority for the effective and humane advancement of national and regional policies, including labour migration policies and programs that promote a regular, orderly and secure migration, while they provide protection to migrants and workers who are more vulnerable”. – Michela Macchiavello, IOM Regional Thematic Specialist for Labour Migration. 


This two-day inter institutional Consultation addressed some of the most common challenges faced by countries in the region. Guided by expertise of both countries and international organizations, the workshop provided countries with the possibility to share their experiences, address their concerns, present best practices and learn from other countries facing similar challenges.   


Topics addressed in the workshop include:  

  • Limited data on labour migration;  

  • Lack of comparable data within governmental institutions within in the same countries. Data sharing issues with regional agencies and institutions;  

  • Development and improvement of Labour Market Information Systems (LMIS) and opportunities for economic and labour force development within the free movement regimes of the OECS and CSME;  

  • Labour migration as an adaptation and recovery strategy to environmental disasters; and  

  • Challenges and opportunities in labour recruitment: resources for fair and ethical recruitment, protection of foreign workers, and the elimination of slavery and trafficking in persons. 


This event was hosted by the Government of Jamaica, under the framework of the Caribbean Migration Consultations (CMC); with the support of the International Labour Organization; and with the technical and financial support of IOM under the Western Hemisphere Program funded by the United States Department of State, Bureau for Population Refugees and Migration (PRM).  


For more information, please contact Jorge Gallo at the IOM Regional Office for Central America, North America and the Caribbean, Tel: +506 2212-5300, Email: jgallo@iom.int