to data from the United Nations, there are about 215 million migrant workers
throughout the world, 105 million of them women, of whom up to 90% are domestic
workers (depending on the country of origin). In many economic sectors, from
agriculture and agribusiness to household-related services, migrant labour is
increasing all over the world. This is often associated with violations of
human rights such as exploitation, human trafficking, discrimination and the
use of force. As regards decent work in informal economy, especially the
situation of domestic workers, the German Commission for Justice and Peace cooperates
with the Migrant Forum in Asia and other partners. Together with the German
Trade Union Confederation (DGB), the Commission also issues position papers on
the European mobility policy.
Mobility is a key word in the global world of work. In location-bound economic sectors as for example agriculture and household-related services migrant workers are employed in order to keep production and service costs low. This involves an insufficient protection of migrant workers and their families and a lack of awareness of the impacts of growing migrant labour on the countries of origin. The Justice and Peace Commission works on this issue by analysing the situation of domestic workers and in agriculture, for example in cotton production.
Migrant Forum Asia
Documentation „What remains of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion 2010?"
Documentation on the conference „Without borders. Migration in a limited world”
Report „Enhancing Visibility of and Strengthening Global Consensus on Protecting and Empowering Domestic Workers"
Das Weiße Gold der Textilindustrie - Gefangen in der Baumwollkette