Migration's Middlemen: Regulating Recruitment Agencies in the Philippines-United Arab Emirates Corridor

by Dovelyn Ranneveig Mendoza

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the world’s third-largest destination for Filipino migrants, with private recruitment agencies in both countries managing the flow of the 200,000 Filipino workers who head there annually. While many recruitment agencies provide information, logistical support, and other critical services, others abuse their clients by charging exorbitant fees or violating basic human rights.

This report, based on extensive interviews with government officials in the UAE and the Philippines as well as focus groups with migrant workers, examines recruiters’ practices as well as their regulation by the Philippine and UAE governments, offering recommendations to strengthen oversight and worker protections.