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ILO and the rights of migrant workers

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  1. W. R. Böhning

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm282

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Böhning, W. R. 2013. ILO and the rights of migrant workers. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

This essay summarizes the evolution of the rights of migrant workers under the auspices of the – by now 91 years old – International Labor Organization (ILO), a tripartite body where representatives of workers and employers join governments in decision making (on the ILO generally, see, e.g., Alcock 1971; Rodgers et al. 2009). Recounting how and what rights were set is, of course, only part of the picture (for a more elaborate version, see Bohning 2008). Measuring or evaluating the national impact of international standards is another question; but this would require much conceptualizing and empirical investigation beyond the limits of this essay.

Keywords:

  • international agencies;
  • International Law;
  • labor;
  • labor supply;
  • sustainable development