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Decent work, migration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Author: Richard Mallett

• Low- and semi-skilled labour migrants face significant difficulties accessing ‘decent work’ in host countries.

• Globally, 40% of workers are in vulnerable or precarious forms of work – migrants are disproportionately represented in this share.

• Low quality work at destination limits the potential economic returns of migration and can impede migrants’ integration into host communities.

• Providing employment alone in areas of origin is unlikely to stop migration. Many people move abroad even when opportunities ‘at home’ are available