The Five Corridors Project

The Five Corridors Project

FairSquare Projects is carrying out a major research project on the fair recruitment of migrant workers.

The Five Corridors Project aims to enhance understanding of how governments can strengthen regulatory and enforcement mechanisms to address abusive and fraudulent recruitment practices, resulting in more positive outcomes for workers.

We are studying the recruitment of migrant workers in five corridors, selected because we see expressed government commitments to reform, an opportunity to build on private sector-led initiatives, or civil society organizations who may be in a position to make use of the research:

  • Myanmar to Thailand 
  • Nepal to Kuwait 
  • Nepal to Qatar
  • Philippines to Taiwan 
  • Mexico to Canada

The study is focusing on the role of governments, which play an essential part in ensuring ethical recruitment. There are extensive regulatory frameworks in many countries, but many fail to stamp out the abusive treatment migrants so often face. In comparison to the practical guidance that has been produced in recent years for global companies on steps to recruit ethically, less research has been done with the aim of galvanizing action by governments to address recruitment-related abuses.

Our methodology for the study incorporates and builds upon key existing frameworks and tools including the ILO General Principles and Operational Guidelines for Fair Recruitment and the ITUC’s Global Rights Index.

Project advisers and supporters

Ambassador (retd) Luis DeBaca serves as one of the project’s two Senior Advisers. Ambassador DeBaca coordinated U.S. government activities in the global fight against contemporary forms of slavery as head of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons during the Obama Administration.

Elizabeth Frantz, a division director for the Open Society International Migration Initiative, is the second Senior Adviser. She leads the organization’s Fair Work program area, which supports efforts to prevent exploitative labor practices affecting migrants and refugees. 

We are also fortunate to be able to draw on the expertise and experience of the members of the Five Corridors Project Advisory Group:

In delivering this project, we are grateful for the support of the Open Society Foundations, Humanity United and a private family foundation.