Publications on labour migration

June 2020

  1. Guide for Employment Services Providers

    How to Facilitate the Recognition of Skills of Migrant Workers: Guide for Employment Services Providers

    22 June 2020

    This second edition of the guide includes recent developments in enhancing the migration services offered by various employment services providers. Its purpose is to keep this useful tool up to date and reflect new and emerging needs, as well as good practices, including in the COVID-19 context.

  2. Policy Brief

    Protecting the rights at work of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons during the COVID-19 pandemic

    19 June 2020

    Recommendations for Policy-makers and Constituents

  3. ILO/UN Women

    Protecting the rights of domestic workers in Malaysia during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

    16 June 2020

    This note explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on domestic workers in Malaysia. It highlights the requirements of migrant domestic workers in light of the existing and emerging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and makes recommendations to protect the rights of domestic workers in Malaysia.

  4. Publication

    COVID-19 and the world of work: Ensuring no one is left behind in the response and recovery

    09 June 2020

    This brief is part of a series on leaving no one behind in the context of COVID-19 and the world of work. It provides an overview of specific groups that risk being left behind: people with disabilities, indigenous and tribal peoples, people living with HIV, and migrant workers.

  5. ILO/UN Women

    COVID-19 and women migrant workers in ASEAN

    04 June 2020

    This brief explores the multi-dimensional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women migrant workers in and from the ASEAN region. While women migrant workers in the ASEAN region strive to protect their livelihoods and their health, COVID-19 has presented them with a health crisis, compounded by detrimental impacts on freedom from violence and harassment, employment, income, social protection, access to services, and access to justice. This brief outlines the critical programmatic and policy responses needed. The ILO-UN Women Spotlight Initiative Safe and Fair Programme is committed to ensuring women migrant workers’ rights are protected and they receive support when and where they need it.

  6. Research Brief

    The effects of COVID‑19 on trade and global supply chains

    03 June 2020

    The purpose of this brief is to provide an analysis of the near-term effects of the COVID‑19 pandemic on enterprises and workers engaged in trade and GSC-related activities and to explore the medium and long-term implications of the pandemic on supply-chain sustainability and implications for the world of work.

  7. Migration

    Experiences of ASEAN migrant workers during COVID-19: Rights at work, migration and quarantine during the pandemic, and re-migration plans

    03 June 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting labour migration throughout the ASEAN region and globally. In 2019 there were an estimated 10 million international migrants in ASEAN, of whom nearly 50 per cent were women. The ILO undertook a rapid assessment survey, interviewing ASEAN migrant workers from end-March to end-April 2020 about how COVID-19 has impacted them. This brief summarizes the responses of the 309 women and men migrant workers who participated in the survey.

  8. Fair recruitment

    Improving recruitment agency business practices in Sri Lanka

    02 June 2020

    This study aims to provide recommendations for improving business practices in recruitment for foreign employment with a view to reducing the costs borne by migrant workers.

May 2020

  1. Newsletter

    Fair Recruitment Initiative Newsletter - Edition May 2020

    21 May 2020

  2. ILO Brief

    Seasonal Migrant Workers’ Schemes: Rethinking Fundamental Principles and Mechanisms in light of COVID-19

    21 May 2020

    This ILO brief provides a preliminary review of short-term measures adopted by industrialised countries to address potential labour shortages in the agriculture sector. It shows that in many contexts and, with differences, the re-labelling of food-related and agriculture workers as ‘essential’ has allowed three types of short-term measures: i) tapping into the national workforce, ii) exceptions in travel bans as well as extensions to visas and work permits that are ‘temporary’; and iii) regularization plans and resorting to asylum seekers despite the fact that in certain countries this status does not allow them to work. Finally, the brief offers initial thinking into how seasonal migrant workers’ schemes could be redesigned, after the pandemic, to fully embrace a human-centred approach in line with the needs of labour markets and the economy.