migrant workers

Uncertain future for migrant workers, in a post-pandemic world

The COVID-19 pandemic has largely put a freeze on migration. But will the movement of people recover once the current crisis is over? In an interview with UN News, Gary Rynhart, a senior official at the UN labour agency, ILO, explains why a return to “normal” is unlikely, and migrants will probably face a very different job market.

New guidance for protecting migrant workers during the coronavirus pandemic

As migrant workers continue to be on the front lines of the collective response to COVID-19, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) are releasing new employer guidance for measures to protect them.

News in Brief 24 June 2020

  • Time to ‘grow back better’ from e-car revolution
  • World risks being ‘blown off course’ by COVID-19, warns UNAIDS chief
  • Stranded migrant workers need protection, say UN labour experts (ILO)
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India must follow Supreme Court orders to protect 100 million migrant workers: UN rights experts 

The Indian Government must urgently comply with a Supreme Court order to ensure the wellbeing of more than 100 million migrant workers, after coronavirus measures left them jobless, forcing them to travel long distances home, UN independent human rights experts said on Thursday.

News in Brief 2 April 2020

  • Key COP26 climate summit postponed to ‘safeguard lives'
  • Spike in hunger across Africa’s central Sahel as COVID-19 looms
  • Address challenges facing migrant workers in India: UN rights chief
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New labour laws in Qatar benefiting migrant workers a ‘momentous step forward’: ILO

New legislation in Qatar which will allow foreign workers to freely change jobs and leave the country without the approval of their employers, has been praised by the International Labour Organization (ILO) as “a momentous step forward in upholding the rights of migrant workers.”

Millions more migrant workers, means countries lose ‘most productive part’ of workforce

A new study launched on Wednesday by the International Labour Organization (ILO) reveals that the number of migrant workers has jumped by millions, leaving some countries without “the most productive part of their workforce.”

News in Brief 24 January 2018

  • UN chief “appalled and deeply saddened” by attack on Save the Children
  • Iraqis urged to “seize the opportunity” of peace
  • Little evidence that migrants cost more than they make: ILO
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Migrants are “the ultimate agents” of development worldwide

Migrants and refugees need to be seen as the “ultimate agents” of development across the world, said the head of the UN migration agency (IOM) on Wednesday.

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News in Brief 25 July 2017 (AM) – Geneva

One in two African children on the move do not want to go to Europe: UNICEF

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