Migration and migrant labour

According 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