The study was undertaken to evaluate the compliance of the regulatory framework of Private Employment Agencies (PEAs) in Albania with international standards vis-aà-vis related with migrant workers recruitment. Moreover, detailed analysis of the sector will serve to develop recommendations on the ethical recruitment standards for Albanian public and private employment agencies.
Part of the study was to identify and take account of the “best practices” of PEAs operation from countries that have a regulated and consolidated market.
This assessment was carried out under the project of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) “Promotion of decent work opportunities and protection of migrant workers in Albania”. The aforementioned project was funded by the Government of Sweden through the One UN Coherence Fund and implemented by IOM Tirana (Albania) in partnership with major actors of the Government of Albania.
The project aims to contribute to the development of an effective management system of employment mediation, which will promote ethical recruitment, decent work and protect migrant workers. The assessment took into consideration Albanian migrant workers seeking for employment abroad, present candidates and past migrant workers, as well as foreign migrant workers who have found employment opportunities in Albania. Special focus is given to the gender factor and recommendations aim at supporting the Government of Albania in developing gender-sensitive policies for regulating the status of migrant workers by ensuring their protection.