19 July 2012
Migrant workers are the hidden victims of the economic crisis, especially in the Eurozone. Thousands have lost jobs in construction and other sectors that were heavily dependent on them in boom times. Now unable to send enough money back home,growing numbers rely on the informal economy to get by, according to Steven Tobin, Senior Economist at the International Institute for Labour Studies.
18 July 2012
Migrant workers often face a gap in social protection. Samia Kazi Aoul speaks about how microinsurance may offer a means of providing this protection. She highlights some recent lessons learnt in the industry, including legal and regulatory constraints, marketing challenges and the importance of working with the right partners in order to gain migrants' trust.
"Reconciliation, not retribution" says Aung San Suu Kyi in the first press conference of her European tour
14 June 2012
Aung San Suu Kyi fielded a wide range of questions at the first press conference of her Europe visit held after addressing the International Labour Conference. The Nobel laureate stressed the importance of the rule of law to put an end to conflicts in Myanmar, called for more vigilence around responsible and uncorrupted borders regarding cross-border migration to Bangladesh. She said, "We should look for restorative rather than retributive justice."
16 May 2011
In Germany and other countries across Europe, companies are signing "Diversity Charters" to show their commitment to promote open-minded, inclusive work environments. For engineer Ljiljana Stamenkovic born in former Yugoslavia, this has meant new opportunities to work and help other women like her, at a women's computer centre in Berlin. According to the ILO's Global Report on Discrimination, migrant workers like Ljiljana are at a higher risk for discrimination when competing for jobs especially in times of economic and social crisis.
17 December 2010
ILO TV interviews Gloria de Pascual, Chief of the ILO International Migration Branch, about a new study issued by the ILO and OSCE. The report, "Strengthening Migration Governance" examines ways of strengthening migration governance through international cooperation to prevent the negative impacts of the economic and social crisis on migrant workers.
31 March 2010
Ibrahim Awad, Chief of the ILO’s International Migration Department, discusses a new ILO publication that promotes policies that follow a “rights-based approach” to meet the needs of the world’s 105 million migrant workers.
14 December 2009
ILO TV interviews Ibrahim Awad, Director of the ILO's International Migration Programme. In this interview he discusses the significance of the 2009 International Migrants Day which coincides with the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the convention on the protection of the right of all migrants workers and members of their families by the UN general assembly.
11 December 2009
What began as an international financial crisis has turned into a global jobs meltdown. Unemployment is rising. The first episode of the BBC Survivor’s Guide To Work, co-produced with the ILO, looks at what the fall out from the crisis means for the millions of economic migrants who have left the countries of their birth in search of a better life.
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.