World Social Justice Day

20 Feb 2018

February 20 is the UN’s World Day of Social Justice.

The theme for 2018 is Workers on the Move: the Quest for Social Justice

Most migration today is linked directly or indirectly to the search for decent work opportunities. Even if employment is not the primary driver, it usually features in the migration process at some point. There are an estimated 258 million international migrants. The ILO estimates that there are roughly 150 million migrant workers.

Among migrant workers, 56 percent are men and 44 percent are women.

Migrant workers account for 4.4 percent of all workers and have higher labor force participation rates than non-migrants globally (73 percent and 64 percent respectively).

Many migrant workers face challenges of exploitation and discrimination. Despite these challenges, there is strong evidence about their positive contribution to their new country and community.

Read more about the issues facing migrant workers here.