Labour migration

According to the ILO global estimates on migrant workers, in 2013, migrant workers accounted for 150 million of the world’s approximately 232 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.

Latest news

  1. Press release

    ILO to launch reports on experiences of women migrant workers in Thailand and Malaysia

    06 December 2016

  2. RBSA meeting, November 2016

    ILO’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis

    01 December 2016

  3. Our impact, their stories

    Better skills and more formal employment for Syrian refugees

    29 November 2016


  1. Labour Migration Academy

    Johannesburg, South Africa
    5 - 9 December 2016

  2. Slideshow

    Exhibition “Building a future of decent work for refugees and migrant workers”

    27 October 2016

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