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Labour Migration in the Maldives

PILC and The Asia Foundation initiated a program to conduct research and raise awareness surrounding Labour Exploitation and Human Trafficking in the Maldives, with a focus on the Bangladeshi workers. 

Objectives:

  1. Coordinate and collaborate with CSOs and Government Agencies in Maldives, and Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) in Bangladesh

  2. Conduct research and develop an Action Plan focusing on Bangladesh/Maldives labour corridor

  3. Develop a policy paper/set of recommendations based on research findings on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and forced/unsafe labour

  4. Provide migrant workers with legal support, guidance, and advocacy service

This research project focuses on the prevalence of Human Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Indicators among the workers in the Maldives. Based on these findings, a research paper, an action plan and a policy document will be developed.

MIGRANT MATTERS CAMPAIGN

PILC has launched a social media campaign under the name of Migrants Matter, which utilises social media channels such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and IMO. The campaign focuses on disseminating information about their rights, increasing awareness about labour exploitation, and encouraging them to reach out and seek legal advice surrounding rights and employment. To make the content more accessible to workers from all backgrounds, content is being published in different languages including English, Bangla, Hindi, Sinhala, and Dhivehi.

The project is being planned in such a manner that it will assist the government in its efforts to tackle the issues related to migrant workers and trafficking in persons. Furthermore, the policy paper produced as part of the research is intended to contribute as a resource when formulating policies towards eliminating trafficking in persons. The work on this project also intends to make it easier for the government to conduct research as part of its Strategic Action Plan.

RESEARCH AND MOBILE LEGAL AID CLINIC

K. THULUSDHOO

The PILC team travelled to K.Thulusdhoo from 9th December 2021 to 11th December 2021 to collect data and conduct Mobile Legal Aid Clinic (MLAC). 

Mobile Legal Aid Clinic was conducted at Thulusdhoo Athirimathi fini maizaan to provide legal support, guidance and advocacy for migrant workers. 4 lawyers were on site, and services were provided for a total of 23 visitors. 

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AA. THODDOO

The PILC team travelled to K.Thulusdhoo from 17 March 2022 to 19 March 2022 to collect  data and conduct Mobile Legal Aid Clinic (MLAC). 

Mobile Legal Aid Clinic was conducted at Aa.Thoddoo Bandharu Hiyaa to provide legal support, guidance and advocacy for migrant workers. 4 lawyers were on site, and services were provided for a total of 17 visitors. 

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HDH. KULHUDHUFFUSHI (CITY)

The PILC team travelled to K.Thulusdhoo from 26 May 2022 to 28 May 2022 to collect data and conduct a Mobile Legal Aid Clinic (MLAC). 

Mobile Legal Aid Clinic was conducted at HDH.Kulhidhuffushi City Veligandu Bandaara Maidhaan to provide legal support, guidance and advocacy for migrant workers. 4 lawyers were on site, and services were provided for a total of 10 visitors. 

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