Extending social protection to migrant workers, refugees and their families – A guide for policymakers and practitioners – Global

This new global guide from the ILO provides an overview of policy options and national practices for extending social protection to migrant workers, refugees and their families.

Social security is a fundamental human right. Yet 4.1 billion people in the world lack access to social protection, including health care. These men, women and children are left unprotected. This includes millions of migrant workers, refugees and their families. They face legal and practical challenges in accessing social protection. This has socio-economic implications not only for migrants but for society as a whole, including negative effects on income security, poverty, inequality and social integration.

Many options exist to secure and maintain social security rights across borders, and the ILO has compiled these policy and practical options into a global guide that can inform governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations as well as other stakeholders in their efforts to extend protection to migrant workers and refugees. Providing social protection for all is increasingly urgent as we recover from the profound impacts and inequalities of the COVID-19 crisis.

The Guide is the result of a long-standing collaboration between the ILO, the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and the International Training Center of the ILO (ITCILO).

Joel C. Hicks