Labour migration

Today, there are an estimated 232 million migrant workers around the world. Globalization, demographic shifts, conflicts, income inequalities and climate change will encourage ever more workers and their families to cross borders in search of employment and security. 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.

Facts and Figures

  1. It is estimated that one in eight migrants are between the ages of 15 and 24.

Policies and programmes

  1. Good practices database

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

Featured Publication

  1. Discussion paper

    Promoting decent work for migrant workers

    This paper proposes a number of indicators to measure target 8.8 on “protecting labour rights and promoting safe and secure working environments of all workers, including migrant workers, particularly women migrants, and those in precarious employment” of the Sustainable Development Goals. It was presented at the Coordination Meeting on International Migration, New York, 12-13 February 2015.