The Labour Migration Unit is one of the units within the Employment Department of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s located within the headquarters of the Ministry at New England Ville, Freetown in the second floor of the Ministry’s Factory Inspectorate Machinery Testing Station Building Room 13.
The Unit was founded in 2010 when the Ministry collaborated with International Organization for Migration (IOM) in a project TITLED “Support to the development of a logical Labour Migration Approach in Sierra Leone” funded by the European Union (EU). The project had three components. National Labour Migration Assessment, Training Workshops on Labour Migration issues and establishment of a Labour Migration Unit in the Ministry of Labour. The Office was setup and its staff trained to:
– Capture data and input into the database to identify skill within Sierra Leone
– Generate reports that will contribute to policy development
– Verify employment opportunities and attest their authenticity
– Review and attest employment contracts provided by foreign employers
– Ensure that contracts are in line with international standards
– License and monitor establish linkages with existing ones
In 2014: The Unit developed a regulatory framework to manage labour migration. This framework is being regularly updated to meet current circumstances in migration trends of the country. the Unit also collaborated other stakeholders in migration management and drafted a National Labour Migration Policy for Sierra Leone with the aim to provide good governance and effective regulation, protect the rights of migrant workers and maximize development benefits of migration for the Country and migrant workers themselves
Assistance from the Demand Driven Facility (DDF) of the “Free Movement of persons and Migration” FMM West Africa Project with funds provided by the European Union and ECOWAS, enhanced the capacity of the Unit to manage Labour migration.