Task Force on Migration and Decent Work

Pursuant to a decision of the GMG Principals on 14 November 2012 and the subsequent recommendation of the GMG working level on 18-19 February 2013, the GMG established a Task Force (TF) on migration and decent work, which seeks to bridge the human rights (including labour rights) and the economic and development dimensions of labour migration, as well as to strengthen the evidence base for informed policymaking, programme implementation and evaluation in this field. The TF is co-convened by ILO and the IOM.

The TF seeks to improve understanding and raise visibility of the issues concerning migrant workers and their families, including issues arising during the labour migration process – from the selection of workers for employment abroad, to their living and working conditions in countries of destination and, in cases where migration is temporary, to return and reintegration in their countries of origin. Issues of particular concern to the TF include: fair and ethical recruitment; restrictions on departure, including current practices in medical examination and gender discrimination; pre-departure orientation; living and working conditions of migrant workers, with particular reference to lower and middle-skilled workers, including those in an irregular situation; portability of social security benefits; alignment of labour migration policies with actual and projected labour market needs; and mutual recognition of diplomas and qualifications, and portability of skills. The TF will also initiate work on joint GMG positions in its interaction with the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) on issues related to labour migration.

See Terms of Reference.


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Please be advised that following extensive system-wide consultations and the proposal by the UN Deputy Secretary-General and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration, the UN Secretary-General decided, at a meeting of the Executive Committee on 23 May 2018, to establish a UN Network on Migration, as a successor to the Global Migration Group, to ensure effective, coordinated system-wide support to the implementation of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.


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