This course promotes an interregional dialogue among the different actors involved in the promotion of decent work for domestic workers and enhances their institutional capacities to ensure adequate protection of domestic workers. It is designed for officials, policy planners from ministries of labour and other relevant public institutions dealing with domestic work, representatives of workers' and employers' organizations, experts, and activists from civil society organizations engaged in actions to protect the rights of domestic workers.

The course objectives are to:

Workshop in EUI Fiesole

More than 65 people participated in this Workshop that brought together researchers, lawyers, and practitioners from several European countries to discuss the challenges in addressing trafficking for labour exploitation in the domestic work sector. The first part of the workshop focused on the Italian case (see presentation) discussing how Italy’s extended care work economy offers a potentially lucrative market for traffickers but also highlighting the important work done on the ground by associations and authorities in combatting this phenomenon.

5 June, 2015, 9.30-13.00

The DemandAT project seeks to critically assess the potential of a demand-side analysis and related policies: Can consumer choices indeed influence the occurrence of trafficking? And if so, how can consumer choices be best influenced? How can employers made to comply with labour standards in a context of limited law enforcement resources? How effective are criminal sanctions in addressing trafficking? Would market based incentives better serve the purpose?

The DemandAT project consortium partners and stakeholder advisory board met at ICMPD headquarters in Vienna over 27-29th February 2014 to agree research plans. Consortium partners presented aspects of the planned research and related activities for discussion.