News and statements on labour migration

  1. © Tabitha Ross/ILO 2021

    Syrian refugee children at work… and in a play

    25 June 2014

    Abject poverty is forcing many Syrian refugee families to send their children to work. In Lebanon, host to over a million refugees from Syria, current and former child labourers held a musical and theatrical performance to mark World Day against Child Labour.

  2. Needs of Ukrainian Migrant Domestic Workers Discussed at the National Conference in Ukraine

    24 June 2014

    60 participants, among which representatives of government, workers’ and employers’ organizations, academic community, civil society and UN agencies, participated in the conference on Effective Governance of Labour Migration and its Skills Dimensions. Presentation of the Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and their families (GAP-MDW) generated a constructive dialogue on rights and integration of returnee migrants into the Ukrainian society.

  3. © Anwar Mustafa / AFP 2021

    Domestic work, Work like any other

    16 June 2014

    The well-publicised case of the abused Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih placed a spotlight on the plight of a vulnerable and often invisible population, migrant domestic workers. Yoshiteru Uramoto, ILO's Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, explains how we can contribute to end this plight, relying on international labour standards.

  4. © ILO 2021

    Ryder: We’ve endorsed an “agenda that really matters”

    12 June 2014

    World parliament of labour offers hope to millions of victims of forced labour, discusses migration, ways out of informality and overcoming mass unemployment.

  5. © Shah Marai / AFP 2021

    ILO adopts new Protocol to tackle modern forms of forced labour

    11 June 2014

    A new legally binding ILO Protocol on Forced Labour aims to advance prevention, protection and compensation measures, as well as to intensify efforts to eliminate contemporary forms of slavery.

  6. Jordanian Prime Minister calls for increased international assistance in dealing with Syrian Crisis

    09 June 2014

    The Syrian refugee crisis has stretched public finances and strained the capacity of Jordan's civil services to cope, the Jordanian Prime Minister told delegates to the ILC on Monday. Abdullah Ensour also outlined the serious impact the crisis has had on the Jordanian labour market.

  7. Ryder: Migration poses major policy challenges

    28 May 2014

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder calls for fair migration policies and stronger measures against forced labour at the opening of the 103rd session of the International Labour Conference.

  8. ILO Director-General’s opening remarks to the International Labour Conference

    28 May 2014

  9. ILO Director-General: Migrants must receive equal treatment in the labour market

    28 May 2014

    Workers rights must be put at the centre of the agenda when it comes to dealing with migration. That’s the key message of the “Fair Migration” report presented to the International Labour Conference by Guy Ryder, Director-General of the ILO. Protecting local and migrant workers equally is the best way to reconcile social concerns and economic benefits, says Mr Ryder in an interview with ILO Radio.

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    International Labour Conference opens with calls to address migration and forced labour

    28 May 2014

    The 103rd annual International Labour Conference began Wednesday in Geneva. Thousands of delegates representing governments, employees and employers have gathered to discuss and address issues surrounding migration, forced labour and the formalization of the global workforce.