1. Global Compact for Migration

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    Climate Change and migration

    The world has come a long way in realizing that acting on climate change and promoting job creation and social inclusion are intertwined challenges of the 21st century, and ones that we must confront together if we are to realize the aspirations of social justice.

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, (At the twenty-first session of the World Conference on Climate change COP21, held from 30 November to 11 December 2015 in Paris, France) Read more

  3. ILO Latin American and Caribbean Labour Migration Platform

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Labour migration

According to the ILO global estimates on migrant workers, in 2017, migrant workers accounted for 164 million of the world’s approximately 258 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.

Migrant workers and COVID-19

The ILO labour migration branch is producing tools and guidance to address the impacts of COVID-19 on migrant and refugee workers, and support economies and societies to build back better. Policy guidance is available in key thematic areas and at the regional and country level. See here. Join the ILO this week (22-26 June 2020) for a series of activities to exchange on key issues facing migrant and refugee workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Latest news

  1. News

    Training of Trainers Workshop on Think.Coop and Start.Coop conducted in Niamey, Niger

    26 October 2020

    The ILO organized a training of trainers (ToT) on Think.Coop and Start.Coop in Niamey, Niger in September for the economic empowerment of refugees and host communities through the strengthening of market-based livelihoods in fish farming and waste management value chains.

  2. Agreement ILO/IOM

    ILO and IOM sign agreement to strengthen collaboration on migration governance

    23 October 2020

    To strengthen their work on migration and enable them to provide more policy and practical support to their members, the ILO and the IOM have signed an agreement on migration governance.

  3. Statement

    ILO Chief of Labour Migration joins UNDP Launch of their Human Mobility Report

    21 October 2020

    ILO joined UNDP and migration experts at the launch of the report on Human Mobility, Shared Opportunities and an interactive dialogue on the way forward. ILO pointed at key challenges for migrant workers` (re)integration into labour markets and the need of ensuring access to decent work so to generate positive socio-economic benefits and “build back better”.

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