Migration & Development

SOLIDAR works to promote a rights-based-approach to labour migration and decent work (in line with the relevant UN and ILO conventions) and for policy coherence for development.

It is widely acknowledged that a lack of decent living and working conditions is one of the main push factors behind the decision by people from the developing world to leave their home countries. In fact, 90% of total international migrants, estimated by the International Labour Organisation at 214 million in 2010, are migrant workers and their families.

Workers everywhere need a job that pays enough to provide for themselves and their families, a job which gives them paid leave and decent working hours, a job in which they can join a union that will defend their rights, and a job in which they are protected by individual and collective labour law, in short, a decent job. This is a reality for many citizens in the European Union, but not for the majority of non-European migrants living and working in the EU.

What we do

SOLIDAR is carrying out a project aiming to Make Migration Work for Development to mobilise support from European citizens and politicians for a rights-based-approach to labour migration and decent work (in line with the relevant UN and ILO conventions) and for policy coherence for development.

Through CONCORD, SOLIDAR is engaged in the ongoing discussion on Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) and contributed to the migration chapter in CONCORD’s Spotlight report 2.0 on Policy Coherence for Development with EUNOMAD.

Over the past years, SOLIDAR has also been active around the notion of co-development.

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