Migrant Workers – Kenya

CHAPTER TWO: THEMATIC AREAS OF FOCUS

2.4 Labour [Page 17]

During the stakeholders’ consultations the following concerns were identified:

4) Lack of effective regulation of recruitment agencies for migrant workers […]

 

CHAPTER THREE: POLICY ACTIONS

3.1. Pillar 1: The State Duty to Protect [Page 21]

Policy Actions

The Government will:

7) Strengthen regulations on the registration and oversight of recruitment agencies involved in the recruitment of Kenyans for employment in businesses abroad. It will also work with host governments to take appropriate measures to promote safe and fair labour migration including agreements on free exchange of information, and more stringent regulation of employment agencies. The government will also explore measures for providing legal and psychosocial support services to victims of labour abuse.

8) Sensitise relevant sections of the public especially women and other marginalised and minority groups on Land laws, including resettlement and compensation frameworks Labour laws and the rights of migrant workers and environmental laws and standards;

3.2. Pillar 2: Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights

b) Human Rights Policy commitments [page 23-24]

The Government will:

2. encourage recruitment agencies to provide any required repatriation, legal and psychological support to migrant workers who have suffered or been subjected to abuse abroad;

 

CHAPTER FOUR: IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING

4.1. SUMMARY OF POLICY ACTIONS [Annex]  

Strategic Objective Policy Actions Responsible Actor(s)
Strategic Objective 1:

Enhance existing policy, legal, regulatory and administrative framework for ensuring respect of human rights by business through legal review and development of specific guidance for business

Strengthen regulations on the registration and oversight of recruitment agencies involved in recruitment of Kenyans for employment in businesses abroad.  
Work with host governments to take appropriate measures to promote safe and fair labour migration including agreements on free exchange of information, and more stringent regulation of employment agencies. The government will also explore measures for providing legal and psychosocial support services to victims of labour abuse.  
Strategic objective 2:

Enhance understanding of the obligation of business to respect human rights

Sensitise relevant sections of the public on:

  • Labour laws and the rights of migrant workers

 

 
Encourage recruitment agencies to secure legal protection and care of persons who have suffered or been subjected to abuse abroad