150 million migrants in the global workforce

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Construction workers in Panama. File Photo: Gerardo Pesantez / World Bank

Migrant workers account for around 150 million of the world's approximately 232 million international migrants, according to a new study by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The majority of migrants are working in North America and Europe, but there's also a high proportion in Middle Eastern countries.

Matthew Wells has more details.

The ILO Global Estimates on Migrant Workers report, shows there are almost 84 million men and 66 million women migrant workers.

Commenting on the report, the ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said the analysis will be useful to countries around the world as they look to deliver on the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Goal 8 on protecting all workers, including migrant workers, and goal 10 on the implementation of well managed migration policies, are two of the 17 targets agreed by world leaders at the UN in September.

Labour migration is a phenomenon that concerns all regions of the world, however almost half of migrant workers are concentrated in two regions; North America and Western Europe.

The Arab states have the highest proportion of migrant workers as a share of all workers, with 35 per cent.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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