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1 Jul 2022

Joint Labour Migration Programme Priority Project, International Labour Organization

Assessment of Legal Labour Migration Frameworks in Africa

Conducted within the framework of the Joint Labour Migration Programme- JLMP-Priority Project, the study assess ways in which migration and the treatment of migrant workers are being regulated or managed through laws, policies, administrative measures, and specialized bodies of the State; the role played by bilateral and multilateral treaties, and Conventions; and the way in which the tripartite partners take part in the process.

The labour regulation assessment adapted the ILO 2004 Labour Migration Survey in Africa, with a view to assess (1) existing labour law provisions (including labour codes); (2) their relevance to labour migration governance; and (3) their gender responsiveness. The overall objective of this assessment was to identify gaps between legislations, regulations (including labour codes) in AU Member States and RECs and practices affecting migrant workers’ access to labour rights and benefits. The assessment was conducted in 14 selected Member States and 5 Regional Economic Communities.

Kenyans in the Gulf states have faced some problems. There has been an outcry from migrants’ relatives back home saying that the government hasn’t been doing enough. The government says that they don’t have enough manpower. Consular services there are meant to cater for the migrants. Think about the labour attaches in Saudi Arabia, for example. The number of migrants there are many and it’s hard for the labour attaches to follow up on all the cases brought to their attention.
Kenya – Business Africa/Federation of Kenyan Employers (FKE)