Past Event: “Migration and Development: A Decent Work Issue”

Wednesday October 2, 2013
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
UNHQ, Conference Room 6 (North Lawn Building)

High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development

This interactive panel was co-hosted by the Council of Global Unions and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) New York office, with the support of the Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
International migration today is largely driven by the search for decent work. While the impact of the crisis continues to unfold, poverty continues to spread as global unemployment deepens and access to essential public services and social protection is drastically reduced. Almost half of the international migration today comprise of women who are predominantly found in jobs such as in health and social care, education, hospitality and domestic work. Despite their known positive contributions to societies, migrant workers suffer from discrimination, abuses and violations of their rights.

The UN High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development provides the opportunity within the United Nations to review the current discourse on migration and development, and to discuss: 1) what both governments and Global Unions want from the HL Dialogue, 2) what needs to be done to better integrate migration policy with labour market policy, and 3) what is necessary for a rights-based approach to migration.

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