This document was originally prepared as a background paper for the ILO Workshop on the role of social partners in skills development, recognition and matching for migrant workers: A contribution to the Global Skills Partnership. The objective of the event was to discuss the role of social partners in supporting skills partnerships and programmes for facilitating skills development, recognition and matching. The paper was intended to foster debate, which would feed into developing viable approaches and policy options on how to address these issues in concrete terms through the strong involvement of the social partners. It was also an opportunity to discuss how the Global Skills Partnership on Migration (GSP), forged among the ILO, IOM, UNESCO, IOE and ITUC, could support this process. Following the Workshop, the paper was updated, taking on board the discussions that took place during the event, as well as all comments and inputs received from the participants.