Publications on labour migration

July 2020

  1. Briefing note

    COVID-19: Impact on migrant workers and country response in Thailand

    03 July 2020

    Country brief prepared by the ILO’s Country Office for Thailand on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant workers, and country's responses.

June 2020

  1. Brief

    Impact of COVID-19 on Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon

    28 June 2020

    This brief provides evidence of the impact of the pandemic on Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon, shedding light on some of the most pressing issues facing workers and enterprises.

  2. Social Protection Spotlight COVID-19

    Social protection for migrant workers: A necessary response to the COVID-19 crisis

    24 June 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic represents a major public health challenge and is having serious economic and social impacts on origin, transit and destination countries, as well as on migrant workers and their families and on businesses and their operations.

  3. ILO Brief

    Ensuring fair recruitment during the COVID-19 pandemic

    23 June 2020

    This brief highlights the key challenges in national and international recruitment of workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, how the ILO is responding, and recommended policies and measures. The Annex outlines practices undertaken by ILO stakeholders to promote fair recruitment during COVID-19.

  4. Publication

    Coherence of labour migration, employment, education and training policies in the ECOWAS subregion

    22 June 2020

    In an attempt to address the labour migration governance challenges, which stem from, among others, the lack of coherence among the migration, employment, education and training policies, the ILO has prepared 'General practical guidance on promoting coherence among employment, education and training, and labour migration policies'. The present report summarizes the main findings and recommendations from piloting this guidance in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and will allow the ECOWAS Member States to have up-to-date analyses and recommendations on how policy coherence can be enhanced in the sub-region. This report is issued within the framework of the Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa project (FMM), funded by the EU and ECOWAS.

  5. Publication

    Guidelines for skills modules in bilateral labour migration agreements

    22 June 2020

    Bilateral labour migration agreements (BLMAs) have become important tools for facilitating the governance of labour migration. The present guidelines are part of the ILO effort in this area and focus on the specific inclusion of skills in BLMAs. It also focuses, on one hand, on extending the knowledge base on BLMAs, systematizing key concepts, and presenting the relevant international normative framework as well as examples of different approaches towards skills in existing agreements. On the other hand, it sheds light on funding mechanisms and arrangements for skills in BLMAs, which are vital for ensuring their effective implementation. These guidelines are issued within the framework of the Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa project (FMM), funded by the EU and ECOWAS.

  6. Facilitator’s Notes

    Training Employment Services Providers on How to Facilitate the Recognition of Skills of Migrant Workers: Facilitator’s Notes

    22 June 2020

    These Facilitator’s notes are an updated version of the 2017 publication. They reflect new labour migration needs and trends, including in the COVID-19 context, and share good practices. They are intended to contribute to addressing the challenges of recognition of prior learning (RPL) and are designed to be used in conjunction with the updated ILO guide: 'How to facilitate the recognition of skills of migrant workers: Guide for employment services providers'.

  7. Guide for Employment Services Providers

    How to Facilitate the Recognition of Skills of Migrant Workers: Guide for Employment Services Providers

    22 June 2020

    This second edition of the guide includes recent developments in enhancing the migration services offered by various employment services providers. Its purpose is to keep this useful tool up to date and reflect new and emerging needs, as well as good practices, including in the COVID-19 context.

  8. Policy Brief

    Protecting the rights at work of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons during the COVID-19 pandemic

    19 June 2020

    Recommendations for Policy-makers and Constituents

  9. ILO/UN Women

    Protecting the rights of domestic workers in Malaysia during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

    16 June 2020

    This note explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on domestic workers in Malaysia. It highlights the requirements of migrant domestic workers in light of the existing and emerging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and makes recommendations to protect the rights of domestic workers in Malaysia.