According to a new report by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO), the number of international migrant workers increased from 164 to 169 million in 2019, making up one out of every 20 of the world’s workforce.
PUBLISHED ONSep 2021
The study, ILO Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers, also noted a marked increase in the number of young people seeking opportunities abroad. Often, these migrant workers carry out key roles in crucial sectors such as healthcare, transportation, services, agriculture, and food processing. “We have seen that in a number of regions, migrant workers represent a sizeable share of the workforce,” said Manuela Tomei, Director of ILO’s Conditions of Work and Equality Department.