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ILO Tripartite Technical Meeting on Access of Refugees to the Labour Market

5 July, 2016 to 7 July, 2016
09.00 - 17.00
ILO, Geneva
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PSI will be participating in the ILO tripartite technical meeting on the access of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons to the labour market that will be held at the ILO in Geneva from 5-7 July 2016. This meeting comes at a time when the international community is facing an escalation of forced human displacement worldwide.

The ILO Tripartite Technical Meeting will bring together 8 Government representatives (Australia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Germany, Jordan, Kenya, Turkey and USA), 8 Workers and 8 Employers to comprise the Experts who will discuss, deliberate and adopt the Guiding Principles on the Access of Refugees and Forcibly Displaced Persons to the Labour Market. These guiding principles will then be submitted for adoption by the ILO Governing Body in November 2016.

It is said that access to decent work is the bridge between moving from humanitarian response to achieving development. This is an area where the ILO provides the niche. It is therefore critical that the ILO, with its tripartite constituents, is able to arrive with strong and authoritative guidelines. These guidelines must be based on the normative framework enshrined in the ILO and UN Conventions.

For PSI, it is important to see this normative framework reflected in the Guidelines. But along with this, we would like to see that the Guidelines are not limited only to access to decent work, but also the access of refugees and forcibly displaced persons to quality public services, such as health, education, shelter, utilities and social services, as well as their inclusion in social protection, which are necessary in building their self-reliance, well-being, empowerment and integration in society.

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