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International labor migration is of benefit to both the sending and receiving countries. For the sender it can make a significant positive contribution, including remittance flows and the transfer of investment, technology and critical skills through return migration and engagement with diaspora communities. Likewise, it is of direct benefit to destination countries, addressing labor and skills shortages that threaten to jeopardize sustainability and growth of key industries and sectors. The key challenges are Governance: How do you effectively govern or manage labor migration? What are appropriate roles and responsibilities of various state and non-state actors? Protection: How do you ensure protection of migrant workers and their families at home and abroad? Development: How do you maximize labor migration’s impact on the sender’s Economic and Social Development? Promotion: How do you promote access for the sender to the International Labour Markets? What are the opportunities? What are the constraints?


In Vanuatu, our experts provided a coherent and sound national Labour Migration Policy as a vital contributor towards the achievement of the Government’s long term strategic action items and policy goals, through its indirect impact through workers remittances, foreign exchange access, reinvestment in local business initiatives, consumption in country, savings pool growth and employment and skills growth vital to Vanuatu’s national development.


A whole of government approach and consideration to labor migration was developed that promoted benefits and protected the welfare and rights of Vanuatu nationals and temporary foreign workers that enter Vanuatu’s borders. The policies were supported by legislation and assured the financial and technical means for implementation and effective and efficient administration, monitoring and enforcement.

  • Migrant workers earned US$ 440 billion in 2011, $350 billion returned to developing countries.
  • Is an integral part of national development and employment strategies of both sending and receiving nations.
  • Allows high remittance flows, transfer of investment, technology, and critical skills.
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