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Migrant domestic workers

The growing demand of households for domestic services triggered a rise in levels of labour migration in recent decades. In addition to the many challenges domestic workers face in their home countries, migrant domestic workers are often confronted with a number of vulnerabilities linked to precarious recruitment processes and irregular immigration status, which can lead to violations of their human and labour rights. Their vulnerabilities emerge in the form of the absence of adapted assistance and protection mechanisms, social and cultural isolation due to language and cultural differences, lack of clear terms and conditions of their employment, absence of labour law coverage and/or enforcement in the country of destination, and restrictions on freedom of movement and association.

Through its global strategy, the ILO aims to support its constituents in achieving decent work for domestic workers through recognition of the specific vulnerabilities to which migrant domestic workers are exposed and the need to improve labour and migration laws and policies.

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