News and statements on labour migration

  1. “Working in Russia”: a step towards decent work for migrant workers

    16 May 2011

    According to the 2011 ILO Global Report on Discrimination, migrant workers encounter discrimination on a daily basis. While many of them are already at risk of all kinds of abuse, they also became the first victims of the financial and economic crisis, the report says. ILO Online reports from the Russian Federation which has been the biggest receiving, sending and transit country for migrant workers in Eastern Europe and Central Asia since the early 1990s.

  2. The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and International Women’s Day: 100 years on

    08 March 2011

    The first International Women’s Day commemorated a demonstration by women workers in New York in 1857. But what established the modern celebration of International Women’s Day in history, was the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York on 25 March 1911 that killed 146 young women workers, most of whom were immigrants. From the ashes of that tragic event, the pursuit of social justice for women and men ignited that day continues be felt around the world 100 years on. From New York, ILO On-line reports on the fire that changed everything.

  3. Message by the Director-General on the occasion of International Migrants Day - 17 December 2010

    17 December 2010

    Message by Juan Somavia Director-General of the International Labour Office on the occasion of International Migrants Day, 18 December 2010

  4. Message by the Director-General of the ILO for International Migrants Day - 18 December 2010

    16 December 2010

  5. OSCE, ILO launch new study "Strengthening Migration Governance"

    16 December 2010

    The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the International Labour Office (ILO) have launched a new study on "Strengthening Migration Governance" for International Migrants Day on 18 December.

  6. Cooperatives and the crisis: “Our customers are also our owners”

    02 July 2010

    Cooperatives have been more resilient to the deepening global economic and jobs crisis than other sectors. Report from Sweden.

  7. Fixing the future of Mali's child workers

    07 June 2010

    In Mali, approximately two out of three children aged 5 to 17 work. This represents over 3 million children. Few of them go to school and 40 per cent of children aged 5 to 14 perform hazardous tasks. The situation of migrant girls is of particular concern. ILO Online reports.

  8. In search of jobs: new ILO study on labour migration in North and West Africa

    29 April 2010

    The global financial and economic crisis has brought with it significant employment and social challenges, particularly for migrant workers from developing countries. As a new ILO study on North and West Africa shows, the latter tend to be disproportionately affected by job losses in destination countries, with the flow of remittances to their countries of origin suffering a major decline. This has raised questions about the extent to which migration can contribute to development in countries of origin. ILO Online spoke with Steven Tobin, co-author of the study, about how best to leverage migration as a development factor.

  9. Forced labour in Europe: cases, concepts and action, by Undine Groeger, Copenhagen, April 2010

    14 April 2010

    Presentation to the conference on “Human Trafficking”, Copenhagen, Denmark, 14 April 2010

  10. ILO study focuses new attention on adopting a “rights-based approach” to meet the needs of the world’s 105 million migrant workers

    31 March 2010

    Amid growing challenges due to the global economic crisis, a new ILO study highlights the need to adopt a “rights-based approach” to provide a “fair deal” for the world’s 105 million migrant workers.