The journey of this thesis began in 2007 and was inspired by the author’s encounters with migrant workers who graciously shared their stories, hopes and aspirations with her. Most people are familar with the fact that many people travel to another country to find work and safety there. Labour migration is nothing new, but only few people know about what labour migration intermediation actually is, how it works and who is involved in it. Recent technological innovations and the global expansion of production and trade have led to an unprecedented increase in international labour migration, providing a fertile ground for labour migration intermediaries. Many countries make it difficult to gain entry, esp. if you are a worker with low skills. This means that migrants are often at the mercy of informal recruiters. In the worst case, they end up in the clutches of unscrupulous smugglers and traffickers.
The growing trend towards informal labour migration intermediation creates regulatory challenges, which are discussed in the book “Regulating the Business of Labour Migration Intermediaries” by Beate Andrees. Which regulatory regimes are best suited to formalize the migration intermediation business, and to protect migrants from exploitation and abuse? Under what conditions will they most likely occur? This interesting study uses a mix of qualitative methods, including a comparative analysis of the regulation of labour migration intermediaries in the United Kingdom and the Russian Federation. In both countries, international standards, particularly on human trafficking and private employment agencies, guided regulatory initiatives. Their outcomes, however, depended on a range of factors, including the creation of alliances between business and workers. This book is an interesting read for everyone who would like to learn more about labour migration intermediaries.
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