Labour migration

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. Employment creation

    Iraq: Jobs, and cultural heritage the focus of new ILO-EU-UNESCO collaboration

    24 February 2021

    With support from the European Union, the programme will use employment-intensive approaches to create decent jobs and upgrade skills and employment services for internally displaced persons, Syrian refugees and host community members, while preserving and rehabilitating cultural heritage sites.

  2. News

    Improved irrigation for farmers and decent work for vulnerable workers in northern Iraq

    19 February 2021

    Newly launched employment-intensive interventions will ensure workers, a large percentage of whom are women, are employed under decent working conditions, while improving water irrigation channels for local farms.

  3. Fair recruitment

    Awareness-raising workshop for domestic workers led by the National Union of Malagasy Domestic Workers (SENAMAMA)

    The ILO's REFRAME project, with the help of the International Federation of Domestic Workers, supports the creation and strengthening of the domestic workers' organization SENAMAMA in Madagascar.

  4. Event

    Training of trainers: Making finance work for refugees and host communities

  5. Fair recruitment

    Reporting on forced labour and fair recruitment: An ILO toolkit for Journalists in Viet Nam

    27 January 2021

    This toolkit was created to help journalists in Viet Nam report on fair recruitment and forced labour.

  1. COVID-19 and Migrant Workers

    The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the critical role migrants play as essential workers, including in healthcare, food supply and other key sectors. It has also exposed their vulnerability to the devastating health, economic and social impacts of the pandemic

Focus on

  1. Fair Recruitment Initiative

    Global ILO led initiative to help prevent human trafficking, protect the rights of migrant workers, reduce the cost of labour migration and enhance development gains.

  • 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