News and statements on labour migration

  1. Message by the Director-General of the ILO for International Migrants Day - 18 December 2010

    16 December 2010

  2. OSCE, ILO launch new study "Strengthening Migration Governance"

    16 December 2010

    The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the International Labour Office (ILO) have launched a new study on "Strengthening Migration Governance" for International Migrants Day on 18 December.

  3. Cooperatives and the crisis: “Our customers are also our owners”

    02 July 2010

    Cooperatives have been more resilient to the deepening global economic and jobs crisis than other sectors. Report from Sweden.

  4. Fixing the future of Mali's child workers

    07 June 2010

    In Mali, approximately two out of three children aged 5 to 17 work. This represents over 3 million children. Few of them go to school and 40 per cent of children aged 5 to 14 perform hazardous tasks. The situation of migrant girls is of particular concern. ILO Online reports.

  5. In search of jobs: new ILO study on labour migration in North and West Africa

    29 April 2010

    The global financial and economic crisis has brought with it significant employment and social challenges, particularly for migrant workers from developing countries. As a new ILO study on North and West Africa shows, the latter tend to be disproportionately affected by job losses in destination countries, with the flow of remittances to their countries of origin suffering a major decline. This has raised questions about the extent to which migration can contribute to development in countries of origin. ILO Online spoke with Steven Tobin, co-author of the study, about how best to leverage migration as a development factor.

  6. Forced labour in Europe: cases, concepts and action, by Undine Groeger, Copenhagen, April 2010

    14 April 2010

    Presentation to the conference on “Human Trafficking”, Copenhagen, Denmark, 14 April 2010

  7. ILO study focuses new attention on adopting a “rights-based approach” to meet the needs of the world’s 105 million migrant workers

    31 March 2010

    Amid growing challenges due to the global economic crisis, a new ILO study highlights the need to adopt a “rights-based approach” to provide a “fair deal” for the world’s 105 million migrant workers.

  8. Improving the Management of Migration Systems: Challenges for China and Europe, by Roger Plant, Bucharest, October 2009

    13 October 2009

    Presentation to Workshop on “Addressing the Demand Side of Chinese Migrant Workers in European Countries”, Bucharest, Romania, 11-12 October 2009

  9. Bahrain: Decree 79 aims at ending sponsor system

    31 August 2009

    In 2009, Bahrain adopted the strongest sponsorship reform in the region by permitting migrant workers to change employment without their employer’s consent and in the absence of allegations of nonpayment of wages or abuse. Majeed al Alawi, the minister of labor in Bahrain, likened the kafala (sponsorship) system to slavery when justifying the reform.

  10. Facing the global jobs crisis: Migrant workers, a population at risk

    13 August 2009

    The global economic crisis is posing new challenges for the world's 100 million migrant workers. They may face reduced employment and migration opportunities, worsening living and working conditions and increasing xenophobia. Although no massive return of migrant workers has been observed so far, the crisis is having repercussions on their earnings and the remittances they send home. Ibrahim Awad, Director of the International Migration Programme at the International Labour Office, published a new study entitled "The global economic crisis and migrant workers: Impact and response". Interview with ILO Online.