15 April 2009
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.
15 April 2009
It's the biggest movement of people in history. According to official estimates some 200 million people in China are migrant workers – that is about 15 per cent of the country's population. And what is more they are amongst the most vulnerable to contracting HIV/AIDS.
22 December 2008
When skilled workers can't make enough money at home, many migrate overseas. But without labour laws that protect migrant workers, the dream of working abroad can quickly turn into a nightmare. Women are especially vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, because they often work in sectors where labour law enforcement is weak. But when laws protecting migrants are effective, the dream becomes reality, with a surprising benefit when these workers return home.
17 December 2008
ILO TV interviews Ibrahim Awad, Director of the ILO's International Migration Programme, on the significance of International Migrants Day and the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
International Migrants Day - ILO TV reports from Dublin, Ireland where some migrants have fared better than others.
17 December 2007
After centuries of poverty and emigration, Ireland has emerged as a Celtic Tiger with a booming economy. New jobs in construction, hotels, restaurants and in agriculture have been filled by migrant workers, but as ILO TV reports from Dublin, some have fared better than others.
Interview with Ibrahim Awad, ILO Director of the International Migration Programme, on a rights-based approach to managing migration
20 November 2007
15 May 2006
Every year nearly 400,000 domestic workers leave Indonesia to work abroad. For most the experience is positive, allowing them to earn many times what they would earn at home. Hidden from public view in private homes however, domestic workers can be targets of exploitation and abuse as ILO TV reports.