Publications on labour migration

July 2020

  1. Publication

    Women migrant workers’ labour market situation in West Africa

    21 July 2020

    This report provides an overview of the situation of women migrant workers in West Africa based on a review of laws, regulations, policies and exisiting data, with a special focus on Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria. It includes data on women migrant workers' working conditions and wages, sectors of employment, representation in the informal economy and other labour and social protection issues. The report was carried out with financial support from the "Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa" project (FMM) funded by the EU and ECOWAS.


    TRIANGLE in ASEAN Quarterly Briefing Notes

    15 July 2020

    TRIANGLE in ASEAN works with labour ministries, workers' and employers' organizations, recruitment agency associations, civil society organizations in six countries in ASEAN; Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Below Quarterly Briefing Notes give an update on our work during the previous quarter.

  3. Briefing note

    COVID-19: Impact on migrant workers and country response in Thailand

    03 July 2020

    Country brief prepared by the ILO’s Country Office for Thailand on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant workers, and country's responses.

  4. Report

    Malaysia: Review of admission and recruitment practices of Indonesian workers in the plantation and domestic work sectors and related recommendations

    02 July 2020

    Indonesian workers have provided the bulk of the workforce for the plantation and the domestic work sectors in Malaysia, thereby making a significant contribution to the Malaysian economy over the years. This study on the admission and recruitment procedures and practices for Indonesian workers in the two sectors notes that there have been positive legal and regulatory developments on labour migration in Malaysia and Indonesia. It also highlights continuing challenges for migration governance and worker protection. In response, the study makes several recommendations to governments of both Malaysia and Indonesia.

June 2020

  1. Brief

    Impact of COVID-19 on Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon

    28 June 2020

    This brief provides evidence of the impact of the pandemic on Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon, shedding light on some of the most pressing issues facing workers and enterprises.

  2. Social Protection Spotlight COVID-19

    Social protection for migrant workers: A necessary response to the COVID-19 crisis

    24 June 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic represents a major public health challenge and is having serious economic and social impacts on origin, transit and destination countries, as well as on migrant workers and their families and on businesses and their operations.

  3. ILO Brief

    Ensuring fair recruitment during the COVID-19 pandemic

    23 June 2020

    This brief highlights the key challenges in national and international recruitment of workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, how the ILO is responding, and recommended policies and measures. The Annex outlines practices undertaken by ILO stakeholders to promote fair recruitment during COVID-19.

  4. Publication

    Coherence of labour migration, employment, education and training policies in the ECOWAS subregion

    22 June 2020

    In an attempt to address the labour migration governance challenges, which stem from, among others, the lack of coherence among the migration, employment, education and training policies, the ILO has prepared 'General practical guidance on promoting coherence among employment, education and training, and labour migration policies'. The present report summarizes the main findings and recommendations from piloting this guidance in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and will allow the ECOWAS Member States to have up-to-date analyses and recommendations on how policy coherence can be enhanced in the sub-region. This report is issued within the framework of the Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa project (FMM), funded by the EU and ECOWAS.

  5. Publication

    Guidelines for skills modules in bilateral labour migration agreements

    22 June 2020

    Bilateral labour migration agreements (BLMAs) have become important tools for facilitating the governance of labour migration. The present guidelines are part of the ILO effort in this area and focus on the specific inclusion of skills in BLMAs. It also focuses, on one hand, on extending the knowledge base on BLMAs, systematizing key concepts, and presenting the relevant international normative framework as well as examples of different approaches towards skills in existing agreements. On the other hand, it sheds light on funding mechanisms and arrangements for skills in BLMAs, which are vital for ensuring their effective implementation. These guidelines are issued within the framework of the Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa project (FMM), funded by the EU and ECOWAS.

  6. Facilitator’s Notes

    Training Employment Services Providers on How to Facilitate the Recognition of Skills of Migrant Workers: Facilitator’s Notes

    22 June 2020

    These Facilitator’s notes are an updated version of the 2017 publication. They reflect new labour migration needs and trends, including in the COVID-19 context, and share good practices. They are intended to contribute to addressing the challenges of recognition of prior learning (RPL) and are designed to be used in conjunction with the updated ILO guide: 'How to facilitate the recognition of skills of migrant workers: Guide for employment services providers'.