News and statements on labour migration

  1. Protecting migrant workers

    11 December 2012

    As migrant workers cross borders to take up jobs in informal or poorly regulated labour markets, they are often at risk of exploitation. Through the tripartite action to protect migrant workers from labour exploitation (TRIANGLE) project, AusAID supports the international labour organization to promote legal and safe migration in the greater mekong subregion and Malaysia, a key destination country. Over its lifespan, TRIANGLE will protect an estimated 20,000 migrant workers from exploitation by providing legal assistance on labour rights, and by improving national labour standards.

  2. Palestinians in Lebanon working under precarious conditions

    20 November 2012

    Restrictions in Lebanon do not exclude Palestinian refugees from the labour market but lead to exploitative conditions, a new ILO-EU study says.

  3. The win-win potential of microinsurance for migrants

    29 October 2012

    International migrants send home over US$ 400 billion a year, yet they and their families often lack basic social protection. That is where microinsurance can step in.

  4. Cultivating the green shoots of rural areas

    18 October 2012

    The ILO looks to harnessing the potential of the world’s rural areas as city dwellers in the developing world struggle to find work.

  5. From public sector worker in Portugal to cleaner in Switzerland

    20 September 2012

    As protests spread in southern Europe – especially in Greece, Spain and Portugal – against austerity measures, more and more people hit by the crisis are moving to northern countries in search of decent jobs. Public sector workers are not an exception.

  6. Migrant workers are essential to hotel industry

    25 July 2012

    A recent ILO study on "Migrant workers in the international hotel industry" shows how migrant workers and the hotel industry depend on each other. It also looks at the general working conditions these workers face. The ILO’s hotel, catering and tourism expert Wolfgang Weinz discusses the main findings of the report.

  7. Thai migrants take recruiters to court

    17 July 2012

    Thai workers often pay large sums to get a job abroad that at times falls well short of what the recruiters’ promised. An ILO initiative has helped former migrants win financial redress.

  8. Philippines: Boosting entrepreneurship to ease jobs crisis

    16 July 2012

    One third of the Philippines population live in poverty, and thousands head out every day to work abroad. The ILO is promoting entrepreneurship as an alternative to hard-to-get wage jobs and migration.

  9. Message at the First Project Advisory Committee meeting: ILO Decent Work Across Borders Project

    06 July 2012

    By Ms Catherine Vaillancourt-Laflamme, Chief Technical Adviser ILO at the First Project Advisory Committee meeting: ILO Decent Work Across Borders Project, Bayleaf Hotel Manila, Philippines, 6 July 2012.

  10. ILO signs US$1,140,000 partnership with Korean Government

    27 June 2012

    The ILO and the Government of the Republic of Korea have signed an agreement that will provide US$1,140,000, as well as technical expertise, to support the development of decent work in more than 15 Asian countries.