Photos and videos on labour migration

October 2013

  1. Making decent work a reality for migrant workers

    01 October 2013

    Decent work and the search for jobs lie at the heart of international migration and development debates. Migrant workers should have access to the same rights and protections as national workers, but often end up in situations of exploitation and abuse at work. They often work for poor wages, with little to no social protection and are often the subject of labour market discrimination. During and beyond the 2013 UN General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, the ILO will continue to promote effectively operating labour markets offering decent work to all workers, including migrants

  2. Collective Bargaining In Jordan's Ready Made Garment Sector

    01 October 2013

    A collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between two apparel employers associations and Jordan’s garment union was signed in May 2013, in an unprecedented step to strengthen their partnership, promote social dialogue and improve the working conditions of some 40,000 workers in the sector.

May 2013

  1. In the Philippines, decent and productive jobs need to be created, urges the ILO

    21 May 2013

    Al Jazeera English reports from a small town in Batangas, Philippines called "little Italy" where most of its inhabitants have found work abroad. The remittances they have sent back changed its face from a village of coconut trees to Italian-style villas. However, the absence of these migrant workers comes at a cost to their children who have been left behind. Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson of the ILO Country Office for the Philippines talks to Al Jazeera English about migration as a choice and the importance of decent and productive work.

April 2013

  1. Tricked and Trapped in Forced Labour

    12 April 2013

    ILO estimates 600,000 forced labour victims in the Middle East

January 2013

  1. Trade Unions Help Migrant Workers Realise Labour Rights in Thailand

    24 January 2013

    Four people from Myanmar, living in Thailand, meet the ILO Director General, Mr. Guy Ryder and tell their personal stories about vulnerability and hardship as migrant workers. Thai trade unions, the ILO and a Burmese support group in Thailand are working together to ensure these and other migrant workers can enjoy the same labour rights as Thai workers. The ILO's TRIANGLE project has set up a series of Migrant Worker Resource Centres in Thailand and five other countries of Southeast Asia, supported by AusAID. The video contains some graphic imagery of a young worker's injured hand.

December 2012

  1. Migrant domestic workers in Europe: Graciela's story

    18 December 2012

    Today, thousands of migrants live and work as domestic workers in European countries. They give essential services to families and societies, yet their work is often undervalued and taken for granted. Domestic workers are real workers - like you and I. Respect their work, respect their rights!

  2. Migrant domestic workers in Europe: Coring's story

    18 December 2012

    Today, thousands of migrants live and work as domestic workers in European countries. They give essential services to families and societies, yet their work is often undervalued and taken for granted. Domestic workers are real workers - like you and I. Respect their work, respect their rights!

August 2012

  1. Making Labour Migration Safer for Laotian Workers

    01 August 2012

    Many people dream of a better life in a foreign country, but without job skills and good connections the risk of exploitation is high. There’s a new initiative by the Laotian government to give people who want to try for a better life abroad the chance to make it work safely and legally.

July 2012

  1. A positive image

    25 July 2012

    Images of migrant workers in Thailand from a photo contest under the Saphan Siang (Bridge of Voices) Campaign. A photo exhibition is being held at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center, 24-28 July 2012.

  2. Migrant workers: Hidden victims of the economic crisis

    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.