Millions of migrant workers are having to pay to be recruited into jobs everyday. This is despite a long history of work by global brands, trade unions, NGOs, and others to improve the recruitment and employment process.
This is why like IHRB, many other organisations are working to promote a different model of recruitment based on the Employer Pays Principle – that no workers should pay for a job; the cost of recruitment should be born not by the worker but by the employer.
In this episode of Voices, IHRB’s Head of Migrant Workers programme Neill Wilkins speaks with Rosey Hurst, Chief Executive of Impactt, about the need to increase focus and action on the repayment of migrant workers’ recruitment fees. Hurst highlights the work Impactt has done on 206 specific cases, which have informed the repayment of over a hundred million US dollars to 75,000 workers – a drop in the ocean of the overall amount of recruitment fees charged, and never reimbursed, to migrant workers.