Photos and videos on labour migration

May 2016

  1. Syrian refugees in Turkey train for better jobs with their host communities

    23 May 2016

    Syrian refugees and members of the host community are taking part in Turkish language courses and vocational training programmes to increase their employability. These programmes in Turkey are being implemented by local partners with support from the ILO to improve livelihoods and decent work opportunities for both communities. (Closed Captions available)

March 2016

  1. Carol Batchelor: Refugees need to be empowered through work

    21 March 2016

    Carol Batchelor, Director of the Division of International Protection at UNHCR, stressed how important it was for refugees to work and develop their skills so that when they return to their home countries they can contribute to the rebuilding of their societies. She spoke at a high-level panel discussion on the impacts of refugees and other forcibly displaced people on labour markets, which was held at the 326th session of the ILO Governing Body.

  2. William Lacy Swing: Migration has always been overwhelmingly positive

    21 March 2016

    Ambassador William Lacy Swing, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration, made the case for understanding migrants as an engine for economic growth, particularly in countries across Europe faced with an aging workforce. He spoke at a high-level panel discussion on the impacts of refugees and other forcibly displaced people on labour markets, which was held at the 326th session of the ILO Governing Body.

  3. Peter Sutherland: New responses needed for refugee crisis

    21 March 2016

    The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration and Development, Peter Sutherland took the international system to task for its failed response to the refugee crisis. He spoke at a high-level panel discussion on the impacts of refugees and other forcibly displaced people on labour markets, which was held at the 326th session of the ILO Governing Body.

  4. Guy Ryder: Refugee crisis requires global solutions including jobs

    21 March 2016

    Guy Ryder, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization, emphasized the need for policy responses to the refugee crisis that also help refugees obtain jobs and decent work. He spoke at a high-level panel discussion on the impacts of refugees and other forcibly displaced people on labour markets, which was held at the 326th session of the ILO Governing Body.

February 2016

  1. Guy Ryder talks jobs for Syrian refugees with Richard Quest

    04 February 2016

    90% of refugees in Jordan live in poverty. Guy Ryder, the Director-General of the ILO, says that there is a consensus that we need to find legal pathways for refugees into local labour markets. It is possible to combine the interests of local workers and Syrian refugees.

  2. Including jobs and livelihoods in Syria Donor Conference encouraging, says ILO

    03 February 2016

    By including jobs, livelihoods and education in its agenda, the Syria Donor Conference in London will help address urgent developmental as well as humanitarian needs, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder tells the Associated Press. (Begins at 2:56)

December 2015

  1. Are migrants a benefit or a burden?

    18 December 2015

    With the discussions around migration increasingly dominated by rhetoric over reality, Michelle Leighton, Chief of the ILO's International Migration Branch, joins the debate with Al Jazeera's Inside Story about the benefits and challenges of migration in the world today.

  2. New Global Estimates of Migrant Workers: The Report in Short

    16 December 2015

    Michelle Leighton, Chief of the Labour Migration branch at the ILO, explains the key findings of the new report on Global Estimates of Migrant Workers. Reliable, high quality and up-to-date statistics are crucial to understanding labour migration and countering misconceptions about migrants as we work towards fulfilling the goals and targets of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. (Closed Captions available)

October 2015

  1. Guy Ryder talks migration with Richard Quest

    09 October 2015

    The migration crisis in Europe highlights the challenge of integrating refugees into host countries. Guy Ryder, the Director-General of the ILO says integrating migrants into the labour force will be key to creating a win-win situation for countries and migrants alike.