21 March 2014
The number of people migrating has risen from 154 million in 1990 to 232 million in 2013, and for many years migrants have made up about three per cent of the world’s population. Today there are more migrants than ever because of the growing world population.
29 January 2014
This video is a compilation of the voices that were collected from speakers who were in attendance at the side event entitled 'Making Decent Work a Reality for Migrant Domestic Workers' at the UN High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development (HLD). It specifically highlights the key messages of the discussion that took place and the recent launch of the Global Action Programme on Migrant Workers and their Families.
20 December 2013
From disaster recovery, to rising unemployment and the protection of workers across the globe, ILO News looks back at the most memorable events and images from the World of Work in 2013.
Skills mismatch and austerity measures encourage emigration - Metka Hercog discusses with Croatian National Television
06 November 2013
During an interview with Croatian National Television, ILO's Metka Hercog discussed the recent increase in European youth unemployment and related migration flows, and how affected countries like Croatia should respond. Despite expectations that migration would stall, the crisis deeply changed the distribution of, but did not inhibit, migration flows. Countries which before the crisis received many immigrants are now turning into major sending countries. High unemployment and related emigration continue to shrink these countries' labour force, particularly among youth. Current austerity measures are one of the main reasons for high youth unemployment and an upsurge of emigration. Croatia, which is facing increased outflows of young skilled people, would benefit from rolling back the existing and announced austerity measures. Public investments in Croatia should aim for job creation at all skill levels. At the same time, ILO urges investment in training and education of young people to improve their employability and access to the labour market.
29 October 2013
Migrant worker resource centres (MRCs) in Viet Nam provide a variety of services to potential migrant workers and their families. Through the support of the GMS TRIANGLE project, MRCs have been incorporated into five Employment Service Centres in provinces that send high numbers of migrant workers. This video shows three young people navigating their way through regular migration channels, receiving recruitment agency pre-departure training and visiting the MRC for information.
21 October 2013
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder addressed a conference of the European Commission on EU labour law in a video message. Recalling the recent Lampedusa tragedy, he advocated joint efforts of the European Union, the ILO, governments, workers' and employers' organizations to create more regular migration channels.
03 October 2013
ILO Director General Guy Ryder discussed accusations of forced labour and other labour violations on Qatar's World Cup and other construction sites, saying that while there had been progress to address these issues on paper, implementation is the major problem but an "eminently fixable" one. He went on to say that Qatar has the resources to do the job and that the necessary political will needs to be applied on all sides before more lives are lost on construction sites.
01 October 2013
Decent work and the search for jobs lie at the heart of international migration and development debates. Migrant workers should have access to the same rights and protections as national workers, but often end up in situations of exploitation and abuse at work. They often work for poor wages, with little to no social protection and are often the subject of labour market discrimination. During and beyond the 2013 UN General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, the ILO will continue to promote effectively operating labour markets offering decent work to all workers, including migrants
01 October 2013
A collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between two apparel employers associations and Jordan’s garment union was signed in May 2013, in an unprecedented step to strengthen their partnership, promote social dialogue and improve the working conditions of some 40,000 workers in the sector.
21 May 2013
Al Jazeera English reports from a small town in Batangas, Philippines called "little Italy" where most of its inhabitants have found work abroad. The remittances they have sent back changed its face from a village of coconut trees to Italian-style villas. However, the absence of these migrant workers comes at a cost to their children who have been left behind. Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson of the ILO Country Office for the Philippines talks to Al Jazeera English about migration as a choice and the importance of decent and productive work.