The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

The Global Compact for Migration (GCM) offers the international community the opportunity to improve workplace productivity and deliver decent work outcomes for migrant and national workers, as well as to shift current misperceptions of migration, by readjusting migration policies to effectively include all labour market aspects.  Laws, policies and institutions, in the country and across borders, matter greatly in achieving this goal. 
Most migration today is linked directly or indirectly to the search for decent work opportunities.  Even if employment is not the primary driver, it usually features in the migration process at some point.  ILO estimates that there are 150 million migrant workers, representing over 65 per cent of all migrants.  Migrant workers account for 4.4 per cent of all workers, and have higher labour force participation rates than non-migrants globally (73 per cent and 64 per cent respectively). Read more

Capacity Building on the ground

  1. In the fulfilment of its mandate, the ILO supports and assists member States in the field in various development cooperation projects, including in Capacity Building to help them implement the 2030 Development Agenda and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. If you wish to know more about our projects, please browse the list below by region.

  2. Africa

  3. Americas

  4. Arab States

  5. Asia & Pacific

  6. Europe

Multilateral Partnerships

  1. The ILO has a coordinated approach to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and global policy debates. It is therefore actively involved in the UN system and in cooperation with other multilateral organizations.


    ILO contribute to Global Migration Group (GMG), an inter-agency group bringing together heads of agencies to promote the wider application of all relevant international and regional instruments and norms relating to migration, and to encourage the adoption of more coherent, comprehensive and better coordinated approaches to the issue of international migration. The GMG is particularly concerned with improving the overall effectiveness of its members and other stakeholders in capitalizing upon the opportunities and responding to the challenges presented by international migration.
    The ILO is one of the original GMG member agencies and co-chairs with IOM the Task Force on Migration and Decent Work


    The ILO signed a new revised Memorandum of Understanding with the UNHCR in July 2016 and developed a joint Plan of Action that identifies priority areas for joint technical work at HQ and field levels on refugees’ access to labour markets.
    The increasing global phenomenon of mixed migration flows, comprising all categories of migrants whether regular or irregular and including refugees and other forcibly displaced populations, underscores the importance of identifying inter-linkages between the GCM and the global compact on refugees being led by UNHCR Read more