Publications on labour migration

January 2006

  1. Publication

    Merchants of Labour

    24 January 2006

    More workers are crossing national borders to look for jobs than ever before. Many migrants seek overseas employment with the help of agents or intermediaries. These “merchants of labour” include relatives who finance a migrant’s trip, provide housing and arrange for a job abroad; public employment services; and private recruitment agencies. They also comprise an insalubrious underworld of smugglers and traffickers. The agents who recruit and deploy migrant workers are at the heart of the evolving migration infrastructure, i.e. the network of business and personal ties that is creating a global labour market. This book highlights best practices in the activities and regulation of these merchants of labour as well as innovative strategies to protect migrant workers, underlining the contribution of ILO standards. It covers a broad range of national and regional experiences and puts “merchants of labour” in the wider context of changing employment relationships in globalizing labour markets.

  2. International Migration Papers No. 75

    Rights of migrant workers in Asia: Any light at the end of the tunnel?

    20 January 2006

  3. International Migration Papers No. 72

    Migration management and development policies: Maximising the benefits of international migration in West Africa

    06 January 2006

  4. Publication

    Health worker migration flows in Europe: Overview and case studies in selected CEE countries – Romania, Czech Republic, Serbia and Croatia

    01 January 2006

    Working paper 245

  5. Publication

    ILO Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration: Non-binding principles and guidelines for a rights-based approach to labour migration

    01 January 2006

    The Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration represents a considered response to widespread demands for practical guidance and action with a view to maximizing the benefits of labour migration for all parties.

November 2005

  1. Publication

    Forced labour in the Russian Federation today: irregular migration and trafficking in human beings

    01 November 2005

    Throughout the world, more and more attention is given to the problem of trafficking in human beings. The trade in human beings and the use of slave labour are serious and burning issues which are relevant for Russia at present.

  2. Publication

    Trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation in Germany

    01 November 2005

    Germany is an important destination contry for migrant workers from all over the world. Many of them work on the basis of mutually beneficial agreements made with their employers, but many are forced into submission by deception, threats, abuse, fraud and coercion.

October 2005

  1. Meeting document

    Towards a fair deal for migrant workers in the global economy

    26 October 2005

    Explores patterns of migration in the context of a globalizing world and examines the impact of migration on countries of origin and destination countries. Investigates the conditions of work and treatment of migrant workers and assesses international regulations and ILO activities. Discusses the available opportunities for improving the management of migration. Includes a summary of replies to the ILO International Labour Migration Survey 2003.

June 2005

  1. International Migration Papers No. 74

    Identification of potential for increasing employment and productive investment in Albania, Moldova and Ukraine based on remittances

    29 June 2005

  2. International Migration Papers No. 73

    Migration prospects after the 2004 enlargement of the European Union

    01 June 2005