News and statements on labour migration

  1. Cultivating the green shoots of rural areas

    18 October 2012

    The ILO looks to harnessing the potential of the world’s rural areas as city dwellers in the developing world struggle to find work.

  2. From public sector worker in Portugal to cleaner in Switzerland

    20 September 2012

    As protests spread in southern Europe – especially in Greece, Spain and Portugal – against austerity measures, more and more people hit by the crisis are moving to northern countries in search of decent jobs. Public sector workers are not an exception.

  3. Migrant workers are essential to hotel industry

    25 July 2012

    A recent ILO study on "Migrant workers in the international hotel industry" shows how migrant workers and the hotel industry depend on each other. It also looks at the general working conditions these workers face. The ILO’s hotel, catering and tourism expert Wolfgang Weinz discusses the main findings of the report.

  4. Thai migrants take recruiters to court

    17 July 2012

    Thai workers often pay large sums to get a job abroad that at times falls well short of what the recruiters’ promised. An ILO initiative has helped former migrants win financial redress.

  5. Philippines: Boosting entrepreneurship to ease jobs crisis

    16 July 2012

    One third of the Philippines population live in poverty, and thousands head out every day to work abroad. The ILO is promoting entrepreneurship as an alternative to hard-to-get wage jobs and migration.

  6. Message at the First Project Advisory Committee meeting: ILO Decent Work Across Borders Project

    06 July 2012

    By Ms Catherine Vaillancourt-Laflamme, Chief Technical Adviser ILO at the First Project Advisory Committee meeting: ILO Decent Work Across Borders Project, Bayleaf Hotel Manila, Philippines, 6 July 2012.

  7. ILO signs US$1,140,000 partnership with Korean Government

    27 June 2012

    The ILO and the Government of the Republic of Korea have signed an agreement that will provide US$1,140,000, as well as technical expertise, to support the development of decent work in more than 15 Asian countries.

  8. Boosting the signal: Helping migrant workers from Myanmar in Thailand

    25 June 2012

    More than 80 per cent of migrant workers in Thailand are from Myanmar. A community radio has caught their ear helping them to understand Thailand’s immigration laws and advocating for their rights at work. Allan Dow reports.

  9. Protecting the health rights of Indonesian migrant workers against gender based violence and HIV and AIDS vulnerabilities

    27 March 2012

    Although the Government of Indonesia has issued a number of regulations concerning migrant workers and gender mainstreaming, significant challenges still hamper the development of effective policy and regulations for the protection of migrant workers against gender based violence and HIV and AIDS. Indonesian women migrant workers, a majority of whom work as domestic workers, are particularly vulnerable to gender based violence and to HIV and AIDS throughout the entire course of the migratory cycle.

  10. Examining conditions of domestic workers and child domestic workers in Nusa Tenggara Timur

    26 March 2012

    Despite of the importance of the role of domestic workers, domestic work is still not recognized as work. Since their work is done in private households, which are not considered work places in many countries, their employment relationship is not addressed in national labour laws or other legislation, denying them recognition as workers entitled to labour protection.