News and statements on labour migration

  1. The story of Siti Tarwiyah: Beaten to death in Saudi Arabia; blood money is all that remains of a mother’s love

    15 September 2011

    “I’m still so traumatized. I can not forget my late wife. Her body was covered in wounds as a result of regular caning,” recalled Hamid, the husband of Siti Tarwiyah who died in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, three years ago. Her body was bruised everywhere because members of the employers family used to smash her up against walls. She was only 32 years old when she died.

  2. The story of Ceriyati: Escaping abuse in Malaysia

    15 September 2011

    Ceriyati Binti Dapin, a 37-year-old mother of a handicapped son, had no other choice but to become a migrant domestic worker in order to supplement the income of her husband Ridwan, who worked as an ojek driver in the Central Java town of Brebes. Despite the long recruitment process and delays in getting employment in Malaysia, she had a strong desire to help her husband cover her son’s regular medical costs.

  3. The story of Cassina: Trapped in war-torn Iraq

    15 September 2011

    Like most of her peers in Subang, West Java, Cassina had a strong desire to lift her family out of poverty as it had a debilitating effect on them since her marriage in 1996. Her husband’s daily income as an ojek driver was inadequate to cover their daily needs and pay for their ten year-old son’s monthly school tuition fees. Having heard the success stories about her fellow villagers working in Malaysia and Middle East, she decided she wanted to work in Abu Dhabi.

  4. Study on public attitudes to migrant workers

    20 July 2011

  5. The desk study on gender based violence and HIV and AIDS vulnerabilities among migrant workers and families

    19 July 2011

    Presentation in the event of "National Stakeholder Workshop on Protecting Indonesian Migrant Workers and Their Families against Gender Based Violence and HIV/AIDS Vulnerabilities"

  6. Critical respond on accessing the health access on GBV and HIV vulnerabilities among migrant workers: a recommendation by civil society

    19 July 2011

    Presentation in the event of "National Stakeholder Workshop on Protecting Indonesian Migrant Workers and Their Families against Gender Based Violence and HIV/AIDS Vulnerabilities"

  7. Monitoring hazardous child labour in Tajikistan

    10 June 2011

    Labour inspectors often find it difficult to reach out to informal economy workplaces where hazardous child labour occurs most frequently. According to this year’s ILO report for World Day Against Child Labour, child labour monitoring (CLM) systems are a powerful means to support labour inspectorates.

  8. “Working in Russia”: a step towards decent work for migrant workers

    16 May 2011

    According to the 2011 ILO Global Report on Discrimination, migrant workers encounter discrimination on a daily basis. While many of them are already at risk of all kinds of abuse, they also became the first victims of the financial and economic crisis, the report says. ILO Online reports from the Russian Federation which has been the biggest receiving, sending and transit country for migrant workers in Eastern Europe and Central Asia since the early 1990s.

  9. The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and International Women’s Day: 100 years on

    08 March 2011

    The first International Women’s Day commemorated a demonstration by women workers in New York in 1857. But what established the modern celebration of International Women’s Day in history, was the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York on 25 March 1911 that killed 146 young women workers, most of whom were immigrants. From the ashes of that tragic event, the pursuit of social justice for women and men ignited that day continues be felt around the world 100 years on. From New York, ILO On-line reports on the fire that changed everything.

  10. Message by the Director-General on the occasion of International Migrants Day - 17 December 2010

    17 December 2010

    Message by Juan Somavia Director-General of the International Labour Office on the occasion of International Migrants Day, 18 December 2010