• Frank Aghedo (Canada)

The importance of public ethics and recruitment policy in labor migration



The purpose of the policy recommendations is to research extensively on the root cause of unfair recruitment and processing of labor migrants, especially low-skilled, and female workers in the world of work. Labor migration within and outside Africa accounts for 80% according to ILO, and migration through illegal means can be said to be included or unaccounted for. In this part of the world, the desire to travel within or out of the continent for different purposes is very high, which includes the search for a better life due to economic hardship, corruption, conflicts, insecurity, and of course personal decision.


Emerging countries and their leaders are good at paying lip service to social economic and political issues affecting their citizenry, some leaders in the continent continue to show all manner of unseriousness towards policies that can impact the lives of everyone for sustainable development. Illegal migration and unfair recruitment have become a lucrative business for those who are no strangers to greed, this illicit business has caused the goal for decent work and economic growth in Emerging countries to move decades backward. Victims of this illicit business have been left worse off, losing their life savings, indebtedness, depression, insanity, and even death either by suicide, in transit, or quick natural cause. In this research, readers will understand why fair recruitment matters in the world of work, and acquire a legal and normative framework of how fair recruitment should be processed for the sake of all parties involved.


The opportunity to familiarize the readers with how to identify and spot these individuals engaging in this illicit business will be examined. The role of public and private service employment agencies in changing the recruitment landscape will be explored. African governments and their leadership will not go untouched, they play a vital role in stopping or reducing labor migration out of emerging countries in the first place, except for personal decisions. The onus falls on policymakers, political leaders, and governmental agencies across Emerging countries in monitoring and enforcing recruitment regulations. Owners of the business, the private sectors, and local and international labor unions who are vested partners in the engagement of these workers have a lot to contribute in this regard.


The policy recommendations inform policymakers, employers, and labor migrants to understand the importance of establishing fair recruitment for the protection of workers’ rights, and the need to protect migrants from abusive and fraudulent sharp practices which are often the case of illegal migration. In conclusion, government leaders should step up in their capacity as the umbrella head and seize to remain a sitting dock while abnormality becomes the new normal. Individual who engages in this illicit business as a profitable venture should know they are causing more harm by preying on desperately vulnerable youth who as they say are leaders of tomorrow.