Two Day Strategy Meeting on Recruitment Reform begins in Manila

Two day long ‘Strategy Meeting on Recruitment Reform’ began on Tuesday at a hotel in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines.

Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) is organizing the strategy workshop with the invited migrant rights advocates and defenders from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

MFA Regional coordinator William Gois is leading the high profile strategy meeting, according to participants.

On the first day, the participants shared their knowledge and experiences and had more comprehensive understanding and discussion of the recruitment process across Asia, they wrote in their facebook timelines.

The meeting is being held with some objectives to gather updates on new policies and initiatives on recruitment and how these would impact the recruitment process in both countries of origin and destination.

The strategy meeting aims at reviewing and assessing current recruitment policies, agreements, and practices in the countries of origins and destinations.

The workshop is expected to build capacity on the recruitment process from different countries in Asia and review MFA’s campaign strategy on recruitment reform.

What is Recruitment Reform? is a global online platform that strategically collates information on campaigns, policies and initiatives, events, case studies, news articles, laws, and international conventions related to recruitment. It seeks to continuously update visitors of the realities on migration recruitment and the initiatives that exist to address or in some cases exacerbate these concerns.

It is evident that recruitment practices play important role in the entire cycle of migration from the initial stage of recruitment, to pre-departure training, to signing of contracts, to conciliation and repatriation. In light of this, the need for collective global initiatives that strategically address the problems in labour recruitment has never been more crucial than today.

In the last Global Forum on Migration and Development Civil Society Days (GFMD CSD) in Stockholm, a series of meetings was organized on labour migration and recruitment. Among the recommendations was to establish an Open Working Group on Labour Migration and Recruitment and to create a global knowledge-based online platform on recruitment. is run and managed by a small team based in the MFA Secretariat. MFA continuously adds data to the online platform and invites comments on how the online platform can be further improved. To signify interest for collaboration or if you would like to contribute relevant resource materials, please send MFA an email at

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