Mexican COVID-19 Response and Migrant Health Protection Program

Mexico has developed a series of protocols and documents to guarantee the rights of people in mobility contexts during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially related to the right to health.

These instruments are the following: 

Mr. Camille Saadé
Justice for Wage Theft Campaign

Justice for Wage Theft is a campaign platform created by Migrant Forum in Asia calling for measures to protect migrant workers who have been denied wages and repatriated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The platform contains:

  • policy briefs and other information about the situation
  • curated news articles
  • a petition that visitors can sign
  • a submission form that visitors can use to alert Migrant Forum in Asia to cases of non-payment of wages, benefits and dues
  • campaign posters
Mr. Camille Saadé

Skills Passport

Submitted by Mr. Camille Saadé on

The successful reintegration of migrant workers once they return to Sri Lanka relies on the workers providing evidence of their expertise and experience acquired overseas. Furthermore, a worker's ability to secure employment is linked with their skills and competencies. Presenting proof of expertise and experience acquired can be difficult for low and semi-skilled returnee migrant workers and workers in Sri Lanka. Although Sri Lanka has an established national skills assessment system, there is no systematic method of recognizing the skills of workers.

Responding to gaps caused by the pandemic: the situation in Spain

Submitted by Mr. Camille Saadé on

Spain offers universal access to basic health services. Beyond the most favourable scheme enjoyed by EU nationals covered by EU common legislation, all migrants staying in Spain, irrespective of legal status, have access to the basic national health system. This measure has proved its utility during the pandemic.

Protecting migrant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Submitted by Mr. Camille Saadé on

This policy brief provides information and identifies a number of key recommendations to assist governments and other stakeholders in designing COVID-19 policy responses that can help to ensure the protection of migrant workers, as well as to inform responses for the protection of refugees and those displaced working in countries other than their own, differentiated by gender as appropriate and based upon relevant international labour standards, and ILO guidance and good practices.

Repatriating Filipino migrant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Submitted by Mr. Camille Saadé on

The Philippines with one of the largest populations of migrant workers in the world, repatriated over 200,000 distressed and stranded Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and Overseas Filipinos (OFs) when the pandemic hit, and brought to life its approach of ‘high-tech, low-touch’. Existing tech platforms and databases were used as well as social media to share information with migrants in need of support across the world.

Pilot project for business mobility between Belgium and Senegal (PEM-WECCO)

This circular mobility scheme makes knowledge and practical exchange possible between Belgian and Senegalese companies. With a view to building the capacities of Senegalese entrepreneurs and connecting them to their Belgian peers, the project aims to offer short-term migration opportunities for business purposes while contributing to the construction of a sustainable economic partnership between the two countries.

Costanza Bindi
Towards a Holistic Approach to Labour Migration Governance and Labour Mobility in North Africa (THAMM)

The THAMM programme contributes to improving the governance of labour migration and the protection of migrant workers in the North of Africa by supporting the development and implementation of coherent and comprehensive policy frameworks guided by relevant human rights and labour standards and based on reliable data and evidence. These are essential for fair and effective labour migration governance and decent work. 

Costanza Bindi

The European Trade Union Confederation’s (ETUC) Union MigrantNet

Submitted by Costanza Bindi on

The UnionMigrantNet is a European network of contact points providing services to migrants established, managed and supported by trade unions. It is promoted by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).

The main goal of the network is to support fair labour mobility and migration. The services provided by the UnionMigrantNet contact points are aimed at promoting the collective and individual interests and rights of migrants regardless of their status.

In particular, the specific aims of the network are to: 

Subscribe to Objective 21: Cooperate in facilitating safe and dignified return and readmission, as well as sustainable reintegration