News and statements on labour migration

  1. Message by Juan Somavia on International Migrants Day

    17 December 2008

    Of the 200 million international migrants, 50 per cent are women and men migrant workers who have left their homes and communities to find work and better opportunities elsewhere in the world to support their families and communities. They make huge but often unrecognized contributions to growth and development of both their host countries and home communities. While the full impact of the crisis on migrant workers is yet to unfold, there are reports of direct layoffs, worsening working conditions including wage cuts, increasing returns, and reductions in immigrant intakes.

  2. ILO, China launch first HIV/AIDS prevention campaign for internal rural migrant workers

    17 December 2008

    The 200 million internal migrant workers in China play a vital role in the country’s mining, construction, and transportation sectors. But the lack of awareness about HIV puts them at risk of contracting the disease. Last November, the ILO and China’s State Council AIDS Committee Office jointly launched the country’s first HIV/AIDS prevention campaign for internal rural migrant workers. ILO Online reports from Beijing.

  3. From high fashion ‘alta moda’ to dress-making in Ukraine

    17 December 2008

    At 16 per cent, the region of Chernivtsi in Ukraine has the highest unemployment rate in the country and the lowest number of women employed. This is why the region was chosen for an ILO project, funded by Development Cooperation Ireland, that addresses the root causes of labour migration and tries to stem irregular migration and trafficking through training, job placement and entrepreneurial activities. ILO Online reports from Chernivtsi, Ukraine.

  4. Migrants in times of economic crisis: ILO/UNDP join forces to make Tajik migration safe

    16 December 2008

    Tajikistan is the poorest of the Central Asian republics and a huge supplier of migrants: 800 000 of its 7 million inhabitants, most of them men, are working abroad. While many migrants are already at risk of all kinds of abuse, they may also become the first victims of the current financial and economic crisis. ILO and UNDP have joined forces to empower migrant communities and make migration safe. Olga Bogdanova from the ILO Moscow office reports from the Tajik capital Dushanbe.

  5. ILO welcomes Manila Call to Action to protect rights of migrant women

    30 September 2008

    Governments from 38 countries, trade unions, employers’ organizations, the private sector, civil society organizations including women’s and religious associations, academe and international organizations adopted a Manila Call to Action here to enhance opportunities and protect the rights of migrant women and their families all over the world.

  6. Women migrant workers: seizing opportunities, upholding rights

    24 September 2008

    Nearly half of the world’s migrants are women. Increasingly, migration provides them with opportunities to find better jobs. However, many still accept lower skilled jobs for higher pay and some may even become victims of exploitation and abuse. In partnership with the ILO, UN agencies and NGOs, the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women is holding the International Conference on Gender, Migration and Development in Manila on 25-26 September to focus on the issue. ILO migration specialist Gloria Moreno-Fontes Chammartin speaks about the link between migration, gender equality and development.

  7. ILO launches new initiatives in Africa (in French)

    09 June 2008

    The ILO Regional Office for Africa, the Social Security Department and the International Migration Programme launched two new regional initiatives aimed at extending social security coverage to African migrant workers and strengthening the financial governance of social protection systems in Africa. What are the issues at stake and what will be the concrete impact of these initiatives in the field? An insight from Mr. Assane Diop, Executive Director of the Social Protection Sector at the ILO in Geneva.

  8. OSCE-IOM-ILO launch Handbook on Labour Migration for the Mediterranean

    12 December 2007

    ILO together with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are launching a major new tool here today to assist governments and social partners around the Mediterranean to regulate labour migration.

  9. International Migrants Day - Message by Mr. Juan Somavia, Director-General of the ILO

    29 November 2007

    "Gains from migration and protection of migrant rights are inseparable" said Mr. Juan Somavia, highlighting the enormous contributions made by women and men migrant workers to the prosperity of their home and destination countries, on the occasion of International Migrants Day, 18 December.

  10. New UN initiative to fight human trafficking and poverty in Tajikistan

    09 July 2007