Labour migration

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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. New report

    ILO report highlights Jordanian labour market challenges

    20 June 2017

  2. 106th International Labour Conference

    Guy Ryder looks back on #ILC2017

    19 June 2017

  3. 106th International Labour Conference

    ILO ready to face world of work challenges resulting from crisis, labour migration and green transition

    16 June 2017

Highlights

  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