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Managing Labour Mobility through Public Employment Services

25.10.2016 to 28.10.2016

Training Language: SPANISH

Presentation Power Point and Videos of the event available in spanish via this link: FORMACIÓN EN GESTIÓN DE LA MOVILIDAD LABORAL 




Geographical labour mobility is a major driver of the world economy. It can move and improve skills for the greater good of global development and individual careers. On the other hand, skills mobility that is not managed well is a source of workers exploitation, inequality and poverty.



In Latin America, the number of mobile workers in destination countries has been increasing. The last five years has seen the number of migrant workers living in Latin America and the Caribbean rise from 3,2 million to 4,3, while many more circulate through migratory corridors heading to other regions. The last ILO study, “Labour migration in Latin America and the Caribbean”, identifies 11 main corridors used by workers, 9 of them interregional south-south corridors which connect countries within this region. 




 OIT (2016) Principales corredores de migración laboral en América Latina

 According to that report, searching work opportunities is definitely the main motivation of the migrants; nevertheless, mobility policies are often seen from the border control and national security paradigm, and do not take into account the labour dimension. The document states that stakeholders of the world of work, including Labour Ministries and employers and workers’ organizations, must participate more actively in creating better migration strategies.


Several countries in the region are changing immigration laws altering their focus from mere security to the human and labour rights of migrants. Recently, free movement of workers agreements in integration zones have been concluded, such as in the Mercosur region, and a residence agreement for countries of the Andean Community.


To guarantee decent work, the movement of workers should be guided by a common understanding of labour mobility as a holistic process that captures the pre-departure phase, the stay itself, and the possible return from one country to the other. Public employment services have an important role to play when it comes to operationalize bilateral or multi-lateral agreements to facilitate the movement of workers for job placement. They reach out to workers interested in working in locations other than their area of residence in all phases of the process, and employers who need people from abroad, and they have access to large parts of the information crucial to geographical labour mobility.


WAPES has been addressing the topic of migration for years and put it into the heart of its strategy planning 2015-2018. The initiative to train PES staff in managing mobility started in 2013 with ILO collaboration in Central Americas and has driven an agenda of capacity building ever since.


It is timely to refresh and deepen the knowledge and network competence for PES of this region and further consolidate a cooperation of stakeholders in the common objective of improving the governance in skills mobility among Latin American countries.




Training Objectives

 To develop the Institutional capacity building of public employment services for the orderly management of labour migration in the Latin American region.


To respond to employers and workers with skills demands for job vacancies that are difficult to fill.


To create a network for information and counselling services in the region to help labour mobility management

Training Course Structure

Days 1 till 3

Training in practical skills for prospecting vacancies difficult to fill and skills gaps; information & guidance to migrants and returnees; the management of transnational vacancies and collaborative work with other employment services and private employment agencies.

Day 4

Formulation of a common project of networking among the American Public Employment Services to manage mobility with the actors and institutions involved in migration processes.


Target audience


The public employment services officials in Labour Ministries from the Latin American Countries