Working paper

The Empowerment of Migrant Workers in a Precarious Situation: Labor Inspection


Fay Faraday

This paper examines the institutional design of state-based labor inspectorates to assess their capacity to protect the labor rights of migrants who work in precarious circumstances in economic sectors with low pay. 

This paper is the second in a series to be produced by KNOMAD’s Thematic Working Group on Migrant Rights and Integration in Host Communities which examines whether, how, and to what extent different rights-based strategies could empower transnational migrant workers performing low-paid work. UN and ILO instruments establish a detailed rights-based framework through which States commit to establish laws that deliver substantive labor protections to migrant workers in accordance with international standards. Through these instruments, States also commit to establish and implement effective labor inspectorates capable of enforcing those national laws.