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  1. Guiding principles on the access of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons to the labour market

  2. Report

    Global Study on Recruitment Fees and Related Costs

    A global study that examines the laws and policies of 90 countries, as well as numerous bilateral labour agreements and multi-stakeholder initiatives to identify the efforts Member States have made to regulate or prohibit recruitment fees and costs charged to workers. The global study supported the ILO’s adoption of the Definition of Recruitment Fees and Related Costs. The Definition, which is to be read in conjunction with the ILO’s General Principles and Operational Guidelines on Fair Recruitment.

  3. Inter-regional Meeting on Labour Mobility, Arab States and Asia

    3 - 4 December 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

  1. Global Compact for Migration

  2. © Eric Sales/ADB

    Climate Change and migration

    The world has come a long way in realizing that acting on climate change and promoting job creation and social inclusion are intertwined challenges of the 21st century, and ones that we must confront together if we are to realize the aspirations of social justice.

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, (At the twenty-first session of the World Conference on Climate change COP21, held from 30 November to 11 December 2015 in Paris, France) Read more

  3. ILO Latin American and Caribbean Labour Migration Platform

    In Spanish only

Labour migration

According to the ILO global estimates on migrant workers, in 2017, migrant workers accounted for 164 million of the world’s approximately 258 million international migrants. Migrant workers contribute to growth and development in their countries of destination, while countries of origin greatly benefit from their remittances and the skills acquired during their migration experience. Yet, the migration process implies complex challenges in terms of governance, migrant workers' protection, migration and development linkages, and international cooperation. The ILO works to forge policies to maximize the benefits of labour migration for all those involved.

Migrant workers and COVID-19

The ILO labour migration branch is producing tools and guidance to address the impacts of COVID-19 on migrant and refugee workers, and support economies and societies to build back better. Policy guidance is available in key thematic areas and at the regional and country level. See here. Join the ILO this week (22-26 June 2020) for a series of activities to exchange on key issues facing migrant and refugee workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Latest news

  1. News

    Technical webinar: Addressing key issues of the transition from informality to formality in forced displacement contexts

    27 November 2020

    On November 5th, the ILO organised its first technical webinar on the key issues on the transition from informality to formality in forced displacement contexts in the framework of the PROSPECTS partnership.

  2. News

    Youth at Heart Forum: Including youth rights & voices is central to building back better from COVID-19

    04 November 2020

  3. Video

    Recordings of the Global Research Webinar(5/5): Closing remarks

    03 November 2020

    This video series are recordings of the Global Research Webinar "Towards a brighter future of work in the digital economy", which was held on 30 September 2020. The purpose of the webinar was to share the main findings of the ILO research project on skills shortages, skills development strategies, and the governance of international labour migration of ICT specialists in Canada, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.

Policies and programmes

  1. Good practices database

    Our database provides a non-exhaustive list of current good practices implemented at the country level.

  • Migrants make significant and essential contributions to the economic, social and cultural development of their host countries and their communities back home. But too often these contributions go unrecognized..."

    Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General