OPEN FORUM: Recognition of the Qualifications of Migrant Workers: Reconciling the Interests of Individuals, Countries of Origin and Countries of Destination

Sophie Nonnenmacher

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Abstract:

The capacity of workers to access job opportunities abroad can be seriously affected by difficulties in recognising the qualifications acquired in their home country. Therefore, recognition of qualifications is a key issue in ensuring wider labour mobility under more equitable conditions. It has consequences for foreigners on two different levels: their ability to enter one country for employment in their chosen vocation and the job they can expect to obtain. Lack of recognition of qualifications is a particularly acute problem for professionals from developing countries willing to work abroad as employees or service providers. This paper looks at what is meant by recognition of qualifications, the mechanisms aimed at facilitating recognition of qualifications at bilateral, regional and global levels, and how pertinent they are in addressing the challenges faced by countries of origin when these are developing countries.

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Nonnenmacher, Sophie. OPEN FORUM: Recognition of the Qualifications of Migrant Workers: Reconciling the Interests of Individuals, Countries of Origin and Countries of Destination. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 2007, vol.9, no.1, pp.91-112. UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574. www.unesco.org/shs/ijms/vol9/issue1/art5

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