News and statements on labour migration

  1. Indonesia and Thailand to strengthen their port inspection to combat trafficking and forced labour at sea

    15 July 2020

    To combat forced labour and human trafficking onboard fishing vessels in the Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Thailand, with support from the ILO, took a step to develop a bilateral protocol on port State inspection on foreign fishing vessels.

  2. My first 100 days in Baghdad under COVID-19 lockdown

    15 July 2020

    Taking up a new post in Baghdad during the pandemic posed enormous challenges, including inventing new working practices, overcoming prejudice and handling security, but it didn’t prevent the ILO’s new Country Coordinator from making progress in promoting decent work and social justice.

  3. Standing in Solidarity with Migrants: Supporting Civil Society and other Stakeholders in Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    08 July 2020

    ILO joins the UN Network on Migration calling for increased recognition for the work of workers and employers’ organizations, civil society and other actors, who are playing a key role in protecting migrant workers and those rendered most vulnerable by the pandemic and responses to it. ​

  4. Statement by the ILO Director-General to the Brussels IV Conference supporting Syria and the region

    30 June 2020

    “Let us focus on building back better with a human-centred approach with and for refugees and their host communities,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has said to the Brussels IV Conference on supporting the future of Syria and the region, convened by the EU.

  5. © S. Hadkar/Times of India/AFP 2020

    ILO warns of COVID-19 migrant ‘crisis within a crisis’

    24 June 2020

    Policies need to be put in place to protect stranded migrant workers and to ensure the reintegration of those who return to their home countries, says the International Labour Organization.

  6. © S. Hadkar/Times of India/AFP 2020

    ILO warns of COVID-19 migrant ‘crisis within a crisis’

    24 June 2020

    Policies need to be put in place to protect stranded migrant workers and to ensure the reintegration of those who return to their home countries, says the International Labour Organization.

  7. ILO assesses impact of COVID-19 on migrant workers

    22 June 2020

  8. © Sambrian Mbaabu / World Bank 2020

    COVID-19 causes unprecedented jobs crisis, almost all workers and businesses affected by lockdown measures

    19 June 2020

    UN Secretary-General is calling for immediate support for at-risk workers, enterprises, jobs and incomes in a new Policy Brief on the World of Work and COVID-19, prepared with the ILO.

  9. At Mbera refugee camp, in Mauritania, the ILO is training young people in building trades

    19 June 2020

    At the hands-on construction training site of the PECOBAT project, students are building an elementary school for the camp’s children, while learning skills that will make them more employable.

  10. The ILO launches a campaign for the safety and dignity of Myanmar Domestic Workers

    16 June 2020

    “Nine years ago, the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) was adopted by governments, employers and workers, said ILO representative in Myanmar, Mr Donglin LI. It is even more relevant today in the face of the Covid-19 virus. Ensuring decent working and living conditions for domestic workers will keep domestic workers, their employers and their families safe.”