Philippine Standard Time:

You are invited to join the ILO Global Webinar

Friday 26 June – 13:30-15:00 (CET)

The many faces of women and men migrant workers:

How do we tackle the immediate crisis and build the future we want for labour migration in a post-COVID-19 world?


Register here (WebEx)



  • Michelle Leighton, Chief Labour Migration, ILO Geneva


  • H.E. the Hon. Silvestre H. Bello III, Secretary of Labour and Employment, The Philippines
  • Hon. Cláudia Pereira, Secretary of State for Integration and Migration, Portugal
  • Carolina Mejia Micolta, Vicepresidencia Jurídica, Asociación Nacional de Empresarios de Colombia (ANDI)
  • Rosa Crawford, Policy Officer, Trades Union Congress, UK
  • Ms Ghada Hammouda, Chief Sustainability & Marketing Officer, Qalaa Holdings, Egypt
  • Anna Lissa Rodrigo Galdo, Coordinator of Asosasyon ng mga Makabayang Manggagawang Pilipino Overseas in Malaysia (AMMPO), International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) affiliate
  • Refugee worker representative (TBC)


The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted 2.2 billion workers and economies worldwide, according to the ILO, with the equivalent of 305 million jobs lost and 436 million enterprises facing high risks of serious disruption.  It is well recognized that migrant and refugee workers make many positive contributions to societies and economies, including during the pandemic where many now serve on the front lines carrying out essential jobs in health care and other sectors. Yet too many remain concentrated in low-wagetemporary, informal or unprotected work, and lack social protection.  Along with high levels of unemployment and the resulting loss of income, migrant and refugee workers are facing rising levels of discrimination and xenophobia, food insecurity, increased risk of virus transmission due to cramped or inadequate living conditions, and restrictions on movement. Many are also having to return to home countries already suffering high levels of unemployment.


There is growing recognition that as countries emerge from the crisis, we have an opportunity to foster protections for migrant workers and refugees while also helping businesses to recover on a stronger basis, and be better able to ensure decent work for all.


Join the ILO for a global virtual discussion among governments, business, employers’ and workers’ organizations and voices of migrant workers and refugees to discuss key priorities for immediate and longer term actions and to exchange experiences that can help us to build back better”,  and ensure that post-COVID-19 labour migration governance systems are safer, fairer and more sustainable. 


This meeting will be conducted in English and will be recorded.

For enquires please contact