Publications on labour migration

March 2009

  1. Publication

    Protecting the rights of migrant workers: A shared responsibility

    01 March 2009

    What is the connection between protection of migrant rights and development? How are countries singly or jointly protecting the rights of migrants? The ILO paper "Protecting the rights of migrant workers: A shared responsibility" seeks to address these questions and related issues. It was initially prepared as an ILO contribution to the Second Meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, which took place in Manila from 27 to 30 October 2008. The ILO hopes the paper will serve as a useful tool to governments, employers' and workers' organizations and all other stakeholders who are keen to improve protection of their workers abroad as well as migrant workers in their countries.

  2. Publication

    The global economic crisis and migrant workers: Impact and response

    01 March 2009

    This research paper, prepared by the ILO International Migration Programme, assesses the impact of the global crisis on migrant workers and reviews policy responses. It addresses the impact on the employment of migrant workers in their countries of destination, on the volume of their financial contributions to the livelihood of their families and to the economies of their countries of origin and on their living and working conditions, which may deteriorate due to an increase in hostility and xenophobia.

February 2009

  1. Publication

    Labour and social trends in ASEAN 2008. Driving competitiveness and prosperity with decent work

    15 February 2009

    This report looks at some of the most important current labour and social trends in the 10 ASEAN Member Countries. It analyses the key factors that underpin long term competitiveness and productivity, and the policy challenges that lie ahead if growth and prosperity are to be maintained-including encouraging innovation and progressive workplace practices, raising the quality of the workforce, strengthening social dialogue and cohesion, and tackling vulnerability.

  2. Publication

    Asian decent work decade resource kit (incl. cd-rom)

    03 February 2009

    The Resource Kit brings together the ILO's expertise, knowledge and tools as they relate to Decent Work and the goals of the Asian Decent Work Decade (2006-2015)

December 2008

  1. Publication

    Issues: December 2008

    09 December 2008

    Among the topics covered in this edition are the findings of a new report on Labour and Social Trends in ASEAN, the ILO's global gender campaign, women's pay in Bangladesh, workplace practices to combat avian and pandemic human influenza, strategies for extending social security coverage, human trafficking for labour exploitation, and migration policies.

November 2008

  1. Meeting document

    Discussion Paper: Gender Dimensions of Globalization

    14 November 2008

    A discussion paper presented at the meeting on “Globalisation – Decent Work and Gender”, September 4, 2008, a side-event to the Oslo Conference on Decent Work – A key to Social Justice for a Fair Globalisation

  2. Publication

    Cross-Country Study of the ILO/USDOL HIV/AIDS Workplace Education Program: Strategic HIV/AIDS Responses in Enterprises (SHARE)

    01 November 2008

    This study of SHARE, Strategic HIV/AIDS Responses in Enterprises, was jointly conceived by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) to gather insights into the project and to inform future programming. The following target countries were selected based on availability of sufficient data, global geographic dispersion, and prevalence (both low and high) in the target countries: Barbados, Benin, Botswana, Cambodia, and India. The outcome of the ILO/USDOL SHARE project demonstrates that an effective government response to HIV in the world of work should be characterized by a tripartite structure (involving ministries of Labor, and employers' and workers' organizations) with an ability to reach workers and mobilize enterprises for the prevention of HIV. Effectiveness is further enhanced by the multiplier effect of this approach, with the positive impact filtering through families and communities.

August 2008

  1. Publication

    HIV and International Labour Migration (ILO/IOM/UNAIDS)

    01 August 2008

    Policy Brief August 2008

May 2008

  1. International Migration Papers No. 93

    Integrating migration issues into development planning

    09 May 2008

    International labour migration and its linkages with development have been prominent on the global policy agenda in the recent years. The Resolution on a Fair Deal for Migrant Workers in a Global Economy adopted by the 92nd Session of the ILO’s International labour Conference in June 2004 called for the: “Promotion of policies that maximize the contribution of migration to development is another essential component of a comprehensive policy to address the global context of migration.” Several global initiatives including the Global Commission on International Migration, the United Nations High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, and the Global Forum on Migration and Development have called for integrating migration concerns into national development planning. The ILO Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration advocates ‘integrating and mainstreaming labour migration in national employment, labour market and development policy’ in its Guideline 15.1. While there has been considerable work on migration and development linkages, particularly on remittances, there has been less research on how migration issues can be integrated into development planning. The paper by Professor Robert Lucas addresses this important aspect of the migration-development nexus.

  2. International Migration Papers No. 92

    Migrants and informal Work in Hungary

    08 May 2008

    This report on Hungary examines the situation of irregular employment of migrants, its terms and conditions of work, its evolution, its causes and the policies needed to eliminate such a situation. The premise is that irregular employment is detrimental to national economies, to native and migrants workers in regular employment as well as to those workers involved in it. The study prepared by Judit Juhász adopts a Delphi method, which is amply explained in the paper. Suffice to say, it is about the considered perceptions of a problem by a number of experts, and the author's examination of these perceptions.