ILO and African Union lead inter-regional meeting on labour migration


The African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have organised an inter-regional meeting engaging labour migration stakeholders from Africa and the Arab States.

The two-day (Nov. 15-16) virtual meeting, participated in by online news and policy research platform, Rights Corridor,  aims for governments, trade unions and employers’ organizations, and other labour migration stakeholders, including civil society organizations, from key countries of origin and destination in Africa and the Arab States to share knowledge and experiences on fair migration with specific attention  to  the  impact  of  COVID-19  and  how  to  ‘build  back  better’.

Building on previous bilateral and multilateral dialogue between the two regions, the meeting also intends to create further momentum to establish a regular mechanism for multilateral cooperation and dialogue between governments of African Union countries and the Arab States, as well as other relevant stakeholders, in the coming years.

A rights-based approach, based on the principles of equal treatment and non- discrimination as enshrined in international labour standards and the ILO Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration, and other ILO tools and guidance, as well as international and regional human rights instruments will provide the foundation for the meeting.

The role of social dialogue in promoting safe and fair migration and the gender dimensions of migration will be cross-cutting issues.

The meeting is by invitation only and open to senior technical staff from Ministries of Labour and representatives from workers’ and employers’ organizations from African Union Member States, Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC), Lebanon and Jordan, with a specific focus on countries with significant labour migration flows across the Africa-Arab States corridor.

Representatives from regional economic organizations including Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA),  East African Community (EAC), Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), Union du Maghreb Arabe (UMA) and the League of Arab States, and regional workers’ and employers’ organizations will also be invited, as well as representatives from several regional civil society organizations and private recruitment agency associations.

About AU and AUC

The African Union (AU) is a continental union consisting of 55 member states located on the continent of Africa, founded on 26 May 2001 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and launched on 9 July 2002 in Durban, South Africa.

The African Union has over 1.3 billion people and an area of around 29 million km2 (11 million sq mi) and includes popular world landmarks, such as the Sahara and the Nile. The African Union Headquarters are in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The African Union Commission (AUC) acts as the executive/administrative branch or secretariat of the AU. It consists of a number of Commissioners dealing with different areas of policy. (Source: ILO)