Towards a fair deal for migrant workers in the global economy

Explores patterns of migration in the context of a globalizing world and examines the impact of migration on countries of origin and destination countries. Investigates the conditions of work and treatment of migrant workers and assesses international regulations and ILO activities. Discusses the available opportunities for improving the management of migration. Includes a summary of replies to the ILO International Labour Migration Survey 2003.

Conference paper | 26 October 2005
Migration has emerged as a central issue of our times. Each year millions of men
and women leave their homes and cross national borders in search of greater human
security for themselves and their families. Most are motivated by the desire for higher
wages and better opportunities, but some are forced to leave their homes on account of
famine and poverty, natural disasters and environmental degradation, and violent conflict
or persecution. Most migration is between neighbouring countries, but greater access to
global information and cheaper transport mean that geography now poses less of a
barrier to movement. More and more countries are now involved with migration, either
as origin, destination, or transit countries, or all of these simultaneously.