Labour migration

According to the ILO global estimates on migrant workers, in 2013, migrant workers accounted for 150 million of the world’s approximately 232 million international migrants. Migrant workers contribute to growth and development in their countries of destination, while countries of origin greatly benefit from their remittances and the skills acquired during their migration experience. Yet, the migration process implies complex challenges in terms of governance, migrant workers' protection, migration and development linkages, and international cooperation. The ILO works to forge policies to maximize the benefits of labour migration for all those involved.

Latest news

  1. Our impact, their voices

    Fair Recruitment – It is possible!

    14 June 2018

  2. News

    Launching of REFRAME project in Mexico and work plan for 2018-2019

    13 June 2018

  3. Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience: The Role of Trade Unions

    ILO launches series of regional seminars on Recommendation 205 for workers’ organizations

    21 May 2018


  1. Brochure

    Decent work for Migrants and Refugees

  2. ITC-ILO course

    Academy on Labour Migration

    18 - 22 June 2018

Policies and programmes

  1. Good practices database

    Our database provides a non-exhaustive list of current good practices implemented at the country level.

  • Migrants make significant and essential contributions to the economic, social and cultural development of their host countries and their communities back home. But too often these contributions go unrecognized..."

    Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General