Labour mobility

Irregular migration and regular pathways, including decent work, labour mobility, recognition of skills and qualifications and other relevant measures

Palais des Nations, Room XIX, Geneva, 12-13 October 2017

Background documents

Side events

  • 12 October 2017     
    • Health and migration
      Room: XXVII, 13:15 to 14:30
  • 13 October 2017   
    • Human rights perspectives on irregular migration and decent work for migrants
      Room: VIII, 13:15 tol 14:30
    • Ethical Recruitment in Global Labour Mobility
      Room: XI, 13:15 to 14:45
    • Labour Mobility and Skills Recognition: insights from ASEAN and ECOWAS
      Room: XXIII, 13:15 to 14:45
    • Ensuring Access to Decent Work and Protecting the Rights of Women Migrant Workers
      Room: XXV 13:15 to 14:30

Organization of work

Day 1
Time Session
10:00 - 10:15

Opening segment

  • Welcoming remarks by the co-facilitators
  • Remarks by the Secretary-General of the intergovernmental conference
10:15 - 13:00

PANEL 1: Irregular migration and regular pathways 

This panel will examine ways of reducing the incidence of irregular migration, including through the promotion and expansion of safe, orderly and regular migration pathways. The panel will also share ways of analyzing consequences and effects of migration laws and policies, as well as innovative practices relating to family reunification, regularization, transition from informal to the formal economy, and labour market needs testing. The impacts of irregular migration in countries of origin, transit and destination will also be explored, as well as ways of addressing the consequences. The panel will highlight different human mobility arrangements implemented as part of planned and well-managed migration policies.

13:00 - 15:00  Lunch / Space for side-events
15:00 - 18:00

PANEL 2: Decent work and labour mobility

This panel will discuss the promotion of labour migration that benefits societies of origin, transit and destination, and protects the rights of migrant workers and their families, particularly women, youth and those in precarious employment. The panel will examine ways to promote and facilitate regular labour mobility, including circular, temporary and permanent migration, including through bilateral and regional arrangements. It will further explore ways to safeguard and realize decent work for migrant workers to enhance the development outcomes for them and their families, as well as for countries of origin, transit and destination. The panel will focus on reducing the costs of labour migration, fair and ethical recruitment, comprehensive national labour migration policies aligned with international standards, and social protection.

Day 2
Time Session
10:00 - 13:00

PANEL 3: Recognition of skills and qualifications and relevant measures

This panel will discuss ways to address labour market needs and skills shortages at all skill levels in both countries of destination and origin, through regular pathways for migration. The panel will explore good practices for facilitating the interjurisdictional recognition and validation of qualifications, skills and competencies, as well as prior learning of migrant workers to ensure optimal mobility and matching of these skills to available jobs. This panel will further examine how public employment services, employers and the private sector, public-private partnerships, trade unions and other civil society actors can support skills mobility.

13:00 - 15:00 Lunch / Space for side-events
15:00 - 17:50

SUMMARY PANEL: Synopsis of the main conclusions and outcomes

  • Moderators present the key recommendations resulting from their panels
  • Thematic expert, having followed both days, provides a short overview of the main discussions and the interlinkages between the panels
  •  Interactive exchange between the moderators, the thematic expert and Member States on the outcomes of the session
17:50 - 18:00 Closing remarks by the Co-facilitators