'Good Practice' Policies in Bilateral Temporary Labour Arrangements

Following a recommendation put forward at the first Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in Brussels in 2007, the Governments of Spain and Morocco asked the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to jointly produce a Compendium of Good Practice Policies in Bilateral Temporary Labour Arrangements. The Compendium and a complementary Analytical Paper together provide a tool to assist governments and their partners in designing and implementing effective bilateral temporary labour arrangements that can contribute to development and give access to foreign labour markets, notably for lower skilled workers.

The Compendium highlights key policy elements in effective bilateral arrangements for temporary labour migration and provides specific examples of arrangements currently in force. The accompanying Analytical Paper is the outcome of an Expert Seminar held in Spain on 10 October 2008 that brought together technical experts from governments, international organizations, academia, civil society and the private sector to review and further elaborate the Compendium. The report synthesizes good policy practices and shares lessons learnt.

The Compendium and Analytical Paper were presented by the Governments of Spain and Morocco at the GFMD in Manila in October 2008.

The Compendium is a work in progress. Comments and suggestions are welcome and should be sent to Susanne Melde at IOM Geneva (by e-mail to smelde@iom.int or by fax to +41 22 798 61 50) to be incorporated into future versions.