Labour Migration and Migrant Workers in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The diverse labour market profiles and changing flows and patterns of migration suggests that migration is largely a labour market and decent work issue.1 Consequently, there can be no discussion of international migration in the future global agenda on sustainable development without consideration of decent work. Indeed, in his report on fair migration, presented to the International Labour Conference in May 2014, the ILO Director-General observes that “the UN post-2015 development agenda is an opportunity to give renewed impetus to the shared responsibility to promote decent jobs and social protection everywhere”2 including for migrant workers.