"Migration for employment is an important global issue, which now affects most countries in the world. Two major labour market forces are in operation today that result in increased migration for work – many people of working age either cannot find employment or cannot find employment adequate to support themselves and their families in their own countries, while some other countries have a shortage of workers to fill positions in various sectors of their economies. Other factors include demographic change, socio-economic and political crises, and widening wage gaps within, as well as between, developed and developing countries. There is consequently much movement across borders for employment, with women independently migrating for work in considerably greater numbers than in the past and now comprising about half of all migrant workers."
ILO Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration: non-binding principles and guidelines for a rights-based approach to labour migration, 2006 (pdf 249 KB)
Find information on international labour migration through Labordoc
- ILO publications on international labour migration
- All publications on international labour migration available in Labordoc
International Labour Standards
- C66 Migration for Employment Convention, 1939
- C97 Migration for Employment (Revised) Convention, 1949
- C143 Migrant Workers (Supplementary Provisions) Convention, 1975
- R19 Migration Statistics Recommendation, 1922
- R26 Migration (Protection of Females at Sea) Recommendation, 1926
- R61 Migration for Employment Recommendation, 1939
- R62 Migration for Employment (Co-operation between States) Recommendation, 1939
- R86 Migration for Employment Recommendation, 1949
- R151 Migrant Workers Recommendation, 1975
For more information, consult the comprehensive list of international labour standards on labour migration compiled by the ILO's International Migration Programme.
International labour standards can be found in the NORMLEX database.
- ILO: LABORSTA > International Labour Migration (in the bottom right corner)
- ILO: Labour Force Surveys
- OECD: International migration > Statistics
- United Nations Statistics Division: International Migration
You will find information on statistical measurement of labour migration in the following publications.