Returning migrant workers get financial grant from ILO, EU

CAMBODIA: Some 1,800 returning migrant workers from Thailand will receive emergency assistance from The Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia programme, and the Center for Alliance of Labor and Human Rights (CENTRAL), thanks to a USD21,000 grant from the European Union and the International Labour Organization.

ILO country director for Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos Graeme Buckley said that the grant aims to address the immediate challenges the migrant workers face in returning to Cambodia and support the long-term economic recovery of their households.

The grant was coursed through CENTRAL which is tasked to manage the funding distribution for the migrant workers and their families.

CENTRAL executive director Moeun Tola said, “This grant will provide desperately needed services for the poorest and marginalised migrant workers, offering them relief, the prospect of new livelihoods and the assurance that they are not forgotten.”

Migrants without legal status are CENTRAL's primary grant beneficiaries because they often have difficulty accessing government services. These migrant workers will receive food rations, personal protective equipment, hygiene products, and information about Covid-19 prevention and migrant workers’ rights. CENTRAL will also provide safe migration support and local job-hunting assistance upon their return.

The Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia Programme is an initiative of the European Union and the United Nations. The International Labour Organization execute the programmes in partnership with the International Organization for Migration, and the United Nations Development Programme.

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