Promoting Migration Governance

Cooperation between trade unions & stakeholders in North Africa, West Africa & Europe

The development, implementation and monitoring of rights-based national migration policies and strategies require greater accountability and coordination of trade unions from countries of origin, transit and destination.

The regional project "Promoting Migration Governance"- PROMIG-FES (2017-2020) reflects the continuing support of the RSMMS by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Tunisia. It revolves around the idea of promoting the role of social partners, in particular of trade unions, in the joint governance of migration, rights-based mobility and social dialogue. The project follows a multi-stakeholder approach and a multidimensional perspective. PROMIG-FES fosters a more diverse discourse on labor migration through its pilot activities, alternative to the dominant security narrative.

PROMIG-FES (2017-2020) is a strategic partner of the Mediterranean Subsaharan Migration Trade Union Network - RSMMS.

The project's objectives:

Promoting the role of trade unions in the joint governance of migration, rights-based mobility and social dialogue

  1. Trade unions develop national strategies and coordinate them at the regional level for a better integration and protection of migrant workers.
  2. Trade unions in North Africa, West Africa and Europe set up a thematic platform for supra-regional coordination, with a view to intervening more effectively for a better protection of migrants.
  3. Trade unions work together in North Africa, West Africa and Europe to adopt more progressive migration policies.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Project brochure (available in FR)

Mediterranean Subsaharan Migration Trade Union Network – RSMMS

Since its fourth GA meeting in February 2018, the RSMMS counts 24 trade union members, covering 14 countries in three regions. Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Spain, France, Italy, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Portugal, Senegal and Tunisia (see updated list of the RSMMS members).

Created in 2014 (see the Casablanca Declaration), the RSMMS brings together unions that have chosen to raise as a part of their agenda the protection of the fundamental rights of migrants and their families as well as the protection of the rights of those workers who transit or settle in their country. Together, the RSMMS member unions unite with the aim to develop joint and coordinated approaches between trade unions in the sending and receiving countries to articulate trade union solidarity and to harmonize the actions of the member unions in the field.

Strategic vision of the RSMMS: Promoting trade unions’ action for decent work for migrants

Three areas of intervention are prioritized by the RSMMS members:

  1. The support of migrant workers;
  2. Social dialogue as a vehicle for rights-based migration policies;
  3. Trans-regional solidarity and a unified position of different trade union families in favor of equitable global governance.

Three transversal themes constitute the guiding thread in regards to three areas of intervention:

  • Promotion of international standards;
  • The coherence of local and regional initiatives and the exploitation of synergies;
  • Resource mobilization and dynamic partnerships in the delivery of technical assistance (see RSMMS 2018-2019 Strategic Note). (upcoming)


Testimonies of migrant women workers from Senegal

Ndoye, Fambaye

Testimonies of migrant women workers from Senegal

Tunis, 2021

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Trade union experiences for migrant workers' rights in Africa and Europe

Trade union experiences for migrant workers' rights in Africa and Europe

Trade unions & migration - crossed perspectives ; Collective publication
Tunis, 2021

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22.08.2019 | Program Migration | Events

The Fifth General Assembly of the RSMMS was a major trade union event on migration issues. From 2nd to 4th July 2019, thirty organizations and more…


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Sami Adouani

Project Director

FES Tunisia
4, rue Bachar Ibn Bord
B.P 63
2078 La Marsa

(+216) 71 77 53 43
(+216) 98 36 70 14


Team & Contact

Lina Zekri
Principal consultant / PROMIG-FES project
(+216) 71 775 343 

Leyla Chaari
Junior Programme Coordinator 
(+216) 71 775 343 

Rami Walha
Finance and project assistant
(+216) 71 775 343

Mustapha Msalem
Logistics assistant
(+216) 71 775 343


The project newsletter "PROMIG News".

Edition 1 | Edition 2

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