Migration is governed through instruments that increase or decrease the asymmetries that characterize the migratory phenomenon. One such asymmetry is the information asymmetry between migrants, employers and countries of destination. To provide migrants with accurate information on what they will face after migrating is to diminish the risks they will face. It is also an insurance to employers and countries of destination that migrants possess the minimum requirements for their insertion. Thus, information can be a useful tool to improve the governance of migration. This article examines the experience of pre-departure orientation programs provided by the countries of the Colombo Process as a case study. After comparing the various programs, the article suggests how to adopt a common program, also with the cooperation of destination countries. It also highlights the difficulties inherent in this process, which do not allow yet adopting a certified instrument for the reduction of information asymmetry.
Keywords: Information asymmetry; migration governance; Colombo Process