Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia Programme

Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia (SEA) is a multi-country, multi-annual initiative of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN), implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with International Organization for Migration (IOM) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Its overriding objective is to promote regular and safe labour migration and decent work for all migrant workers in the fishing and seafood processing sectors in South East Asia. ​​

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Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia (SEA) is a multi-country, multi-annual initiative of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN), implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with International Organization for Migration (IOM) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Its overriding objective is to promote regular and safe labour migration and decent work for all migrant workers in the fishing and seafood processing sectors in South East Asia. ​​

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Background

Countries in South East Asia are among the worlds’ top producers and exporters of fish and seafood products, and migrant workers contribute significantly to the fishing and seafood processing sectors. The programme will address the needs of women and men working in the fishing and seafood processing sectors to promote safe and regular labour migration.

The EU has closely cooperated with SEA countries and with the Thai government to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, in particular with an aim to raise labour standards in export-intensive fishing and seafood processing sectors. Ship to Shore Rights SEA will build on Thailand’s achievements, which were gained with the support of the EU-funded ILO Ship to Shore Rights project. The collaboration with IOM and UNDP will also enable the programme to draw the UN’s collective experience in combatting human trafficking, improving recruitment practices, and ensuring access to information.

Programme at a glance

Countries of Action

Programme Objectives​

Strengthen Frameworks

Strengthen the legal, policy, and regulatory frameworks related to labour migration and labour standards, focusing on the fishing and seafood processing sectors in SEA.

Implement Protections

Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all migrant workers, from recruitment to post-admissions and end of contract.

Empower Workers

Empower migrant workers, their families, organizations, and communities to promote and exercise their rights.

Messages from the Ship and Shore