Governance of Labour Migration in South and South-East Asia (GOALS)

GOALS programme is aimed at ensuring labour migration is safe, orderly and regular for all women and men from Colombo Process Member States through strengthened collaboration and effective migration governance.

Project Background

It is a three-year joint regional programme between the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Organization for Migration (lOM) and The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

Co-Convened by the ILO and IOM and supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), it aims at making labour migration safe, orderly and regular for all women and men from Colombo Process Member States through strengthened collaboration and effective migration governance.

The GOALS programme responds to the current context, achievements, gaps and challenges relating to safe, orderly and regular labour migration from Asia. The programme will ensure that all interventions identify and address the barriers facing gender equitable labour migration at the regional level through the Colombo Process, which comprises of Member States from both South and South-East Asia.

It will have a focused approach on the improvement of overall governance of labour migration, also keeping in mind the impacts of COVID-19 on labour migration and the lives of migrant workers, at the sub-regional level in South Asia while translating it to operational perspectives at the national levels on matters pertaining to skills development, fair recruitment, and sustainable reintegration. The programme conceptualizes the links between countries of origin and destination countries and strives to strengthen governance from policy to practice, regional to national, and vice versa.

Programme outcomes

The three priority outcomes of the GOALS programme are:

Outcome 1: Colombo Process Member States develop and progress actionable commitments for strengthened labour migration governance and policy coherence through multilateral dialogue.

Outcome 2: Selected member States in South Asia have improved labour migration policies and practices, in particular on skills development and qualifications recognition, fostering fair and ethical recruitment, and sustainable reintegration.

Outcome 3: The evidence base on labour migration is strengthened to inform knowledge, dialogue, policy-making and action.

GOALS will ensure strong collaboration and coordination amongst the different stakeholders including governments, employers’ and workers’ organisations, civil society organisations, and academics and research institutions for a strengthened regional cooperation on a number of different aspects pertaining to labour migration in South Asia.

The programme will also be aligned to the decent work and rights-based and gender-responsive migration governance as recognized in two important global frameworks: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).

For further information on the GOALS Programme, please contact:

Mr. Shabari Nair
Regional Migration Specialist
Decent Work Team for South Asia
International Labour Organisation
New Delhi, India