Photos and videos on labour migration

April 2009

  1. Maid in Lebanon

    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.

  2. Combating HIV/AIDS on the big screen in China

    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.

December 2008

  1. Protecting Male and Female Filipino Nurses Migrating Abroad

    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.

  2. Migrant Workers Today, An Interview With Ibrahim Awad

    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.

December 2007

  1. 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.

November 2007

  1. Interview with Ibrahim Awad, ILO Director of the International Migration Programme, on a rights-based approach to managing migration

    20 November 2007

May 2006

  1. Indonesian Domestic Workers

    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.