Issues Migration

Over 200 million people are working outside their country of birth or citizenship. Together with their families, migrant workers make up the large majority of all international migrants. Therefore, migration is first and foremost a labour issue. It is about people moving to find decent employment for a better future for their families.

Most countries are origin, destination or transit countries of migrant workers, and many countries are all three. Unfair treatment of migrant workers undermines wages and working conditions for all workers. Ensuring the protection of migrants’ rights is essential to achieve Decent Work for all men and women. Migrants’ rights are workers’ rights.