Labour migration

The United Nations (UN) estimates that among the 244 million migrants world-wide, 158 million are labour migrants who have left their home countries in search for work. Labour migrants have a much higher labour force participation rate (72.7%) than the general public (63.9%) (ILO and African Union, 2017). Crossing national borders to work is one of the key motivations behind international migration, whether driven by economic inequalities, seeking employment, or both. The additional impact of economic, political and environmental crises and shifting demographics, with ageing populations in some parts of the world and a “youth bulge” in others, contribute to rising labour migration (Ozel et al., 2017).  

Last updated on
14 February 2018