News and statements on labour migration

  1. International Migrants Day (18 December 2006) Reversing the brain drain in China: the return of the 'sea turtles'

    11 December 2006

    As China's economy continues to grow exponentially, the country faces a shortage of locally educated managers with international experience. But more and more Chinese who previously left the country to study abroad are heading back to the land of opportunities, according to a recent article in the ILO's International Labour Review ( Note 1).

  2. Giving a fair deal to the world's 86 million migrant workers

    23 May 2006

    Across the world, millions of people are on the move - doing jobs ranging from manual labour such as harvesting to high-skilled computer programming. Combined, their numbers with their dependents would equal the fifth most populous country on the planet. And their numbers are likely to increase, according to the ILO.

  3. "Maid in Lebanon": protecting the rights of migrant domestic workers

    13 April 2006

    Driven by extreme poverty in their home countries, thousands of female migrant workers go each year to the Arab States in order to earn enough money to support their families. What they find there is sometimes not what they expected. , a film directed by Carol Mansour and funded by Caritas Sweden, the Netherlands Embassy in Beirut and the ILO depicts the gamble these women take when they decide to leave their families and go to work in Lebanon.

  4. Government, business, labour leaders call for new effort on migration

    07 April 2006

  5. Labour migration on the agenda of Africa-Europe dialogue

    05 April 2006

  6. "Looking for greener pastures": Nurses and doctors on the move

    16 March 2006

    The global health care profession employs an estimated 100 million people, but is not attracting enough new recruits in both developed and developing countries alike. So fierce is the competition to secure scarce health care professionals, that private recruitment agencies stage promotional events and aggressive recruitment campaigns in supplying countries. A recent ILO study examines these shortages of health care professionals and the role played by private recruitment agencies in the flows of international migration.

  7. Labour migration in the twenty-first century: E Pluribus, Unum?

    10 March 2006

    The world's 90 million migrant workers constitute 3 per cent of the global workforce, and migrant experiences range from red carpet welcomes for some computer programmers to detention and deportation for some apprehended unauthorized workers. What can be done to ensure that international labour migration is a force for global betterment? A recent study, co-authored by two ILO experts presents a comprehensive analysis of the causes and effects of labour migration.

  8. West African government, employer and labour leaders adopt new "roadmap" for migrant labour

    01 August 2005