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UN agency data shows 160 million migrants in global workforce


New York: There are about 160 million migrant workers around the world, according a recent United Nations study, which provides useful labour migration data for policy makers as they seek to make headway on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“Decision makers will now have real data on which to base their policies,” said International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder in a news release.

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He said that this analysis will help countries deliver on the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly targets within Goal 8 on protecting all workers, including migrant workers, and Goal 10 on the implementation of well-managed migration policies.

The report, ILO Global Estimates on Migrant Workers, found that there are 232 million international migrants, of which 206.6 million are 16 years old and up. Of this working-age migrant population, 72.7 per cent, or 160 million, are migrant workers. And 83.7 million are men and 66.6 million women.

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Labour migration is a phenomenon that concerns all regions of the world, however, almost half, or 48.6 per cent, of migrant workers are concentrated in two broad regions: Northern America, and Northern, Southern and Western Europe. The Arab States have the highest proportion of migrant workers as a share of all workers with 36.6 per cent.

Of the estimated 67.1 million domestic workers in the world, 11.6 million, or 17.2 per cent are international migrants. About 73.4 per cent, or around 8.6 million, of all migrant domestic workers are women.

South-Eastern Asia and the Pacific host the largest share, with 24 per cent of the global number of female migrant domestic workers, followed by Northern, Southern and Western Europe, with 22.1 per cent of the total, and the Arab States with 19 per cent.

Photo: ILO/John Hulme

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