The United Nations recently held a High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Development in New York.
The gathering demonstrated notable global consensus on the importance of proper regulation of the recruitment industry and of stemming unethical recruitment. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon opened the meeting with remarks that included a call for action on exorbitant fee charging and the debt bondage that can result for migrant workers. This message was echoed by many government delegates, as well as the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Migration and Development, the leaders of the International Labor Organization and the International Organization for Migration and others. Regulation of the migrant labor recruitment industry also featured as one of the main points of the Secretary General’s agenda for action and that of the Civil Society Steering Committee, of which Verité is a member.