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. News

    ILO COOP eNewsUpdate No. 5, June 2017

    29 June 2017

  2. ILO response to Syrian refugee crisis

    Syrian refugees in Jordan welcome work permits, but challenges persist

    28 June 2017

  3. © European Commission DG ECHO 2017

    Global Forum on Migration and Development Summit in Berlin

    Guy Ryder says policy choices matter greatly to improve labour migration

    28 June 2017


  1. Event

    Labour Migration Academy

    3 - 14 July 2017

    Turin, Italy
    Deadline for application: 26 May 2017

  2. © UNICEF Ethiopia 2017

    Feature article

    With Millions Displaced by Climate Change or Extreme Weather, Is There a Role for Labor Migration Pathways ?

    03 February 2017

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