Migration and Refugees

In many countries, skilled health and social care workers feel they must leave their families behind and work abroad to earn a decent income. They brave exploitation and discrimination. And their departure weakens health and social services in their home community. PSI works with unions worldwide to protect migrant workers and to improve the quality of health and social services. Read more

Campaign for Zero Recruitment Fees highlights the Culmination Conference in South Africa

20 January 2017
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The Culmination Conference of the PSI “Project on Decent Work and Social Protection for Migrant Workers” took place on 13 January at the Reef Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. 28 participants attended the Conference.

Protection of the human rights of migrants is more urgent than ever

15 December 2016

“Coming to the end of a year that is marked by deeply worrying political events and continuing armed conflicts, we commemorate International Migrants Day strongly reiterating that the protection of the human rights of migrants is becoming more urgent than ever,” declares Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary of Public Services International.

PSI launches "No Recruitment Fees Campaign" during a 3-day conference in the Philippines

02 December 2016

Key project partners representing PSI affiliates from the Philippines, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa came together in Manila on November 28-30 to showcase project achievements, identify current and future challenges and discuss the next phase of PSI’s programme on migration and refugees.

Launching of PSI migration project materials in Nigeria

13 October 2016

On 11 October 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria, PSI affiliates from Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone launched the Nigeria National Report, Pre-Decision and Information Kit, Passport to Workers’ Rights and Migrant Desk Posters within the PSI Project on Decent Work and Social Protection for Migrant Workers in the Public Services.

PSI delegation visits an internally displaced persons camp in Nigeria

13 October 2016

A delegation of PSI staff and trade union affiliate leaders from Ghana, Sierra Leone and Nigeria visited an internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Durumi Disitrict in Abuja, Nigeria. The delegation was able to assess the situation on the ground and had first hand interaction with the community.

AFT and United Nations Staff Union Urge New UN Secretary-General To Support Workers and Their Labor Rights

12 October 2016
Antonio Guterres - UN Secretary General

In a letter sent to Antonio Guterres of Portugal, who was elected on 7 October as secretary-general of the United Nations, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten noted his humanitarian work as the U.N. high commissioner for refugees and his support for Portuguese workers and their labor rights as prime minister of Portugal.

UN High Level Summit on Large Movements of Migrants and Refugees

23 September 2016
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“States have the ultimate responsibility to protect the human rights of migrants and refugees.  We need to see this responsibility shared fairly, concretely and without delay”

PSI/1199SEIU Roundtable on the Refugee Crisis – Uphold Our Humanity!

22 September 2016

Public Services International (PSI), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and its local affiliate 1199SEIU United Health Care Workers East held a roundtable discussion on 20 September to raise awareness and share union experiences and strategies on the protection of the human rights of migrants and refugees.

PSI meets with Swedish State Secretary for Migration

22 September 2016

Public Services International (PSI) delegates, headed by PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli, met with Irene Wennemo, Sweden’s State Secretary for Migration, on the week of the UN High Level Summit on Migrants and Refugees in New York.

PSI at the UN High Level Meeting on Large Movements of Migrants and Refugees

20 September 2016

PSI contributed to the consultations leading to and participated in the UN high level summit on large movements of migrants and refuges hosted by the UN General Assembly in New York on 19 September 2016.

UN General Assembly High Level Summit on Large Flows of Migrants and Refugees (New York)

17 September 2016

The summit, to be held on 19 September at the UN in New York, will call for a Global Compact on responsibility-sharing for refugees, which includes a comprehensive response plan on refugees and the strengthening of the global governance of migration.

ILO Tripartite Technical meeting adopts the General Principles and Operational Guidelines on Recruitment

09 September 2016

The Tripartite Technical Meeting of Experts to Develop Guidance on Fair Recruitment held at the ILO in Geneva on 5-7 September adopted the General Principles and Operational Guidelines on Recruitment that will be submitted for approval by the ILO Governing Body in November.

ILO Tripartite Technical Meeting on Recruitment

06 September 2016
ILO TTM on refugees

The Tripartite Meeting of Experts to Develop Guidance on Fair Recruitment is being held at the ILO in Geneva on 5-7 September. The objective is to adopt ILO guidelines on fair recruitment, encompassing both cross-border and national recruitment. PSI Migration Programme Coordinator, Genevieve Gencianos, delivered a speech on 5 September at the opening session of the meeting.

A story of survival: From teenage refugee to union leader

31 August 2016

On 19 September 2016, the United Nations General Assembly will hold a “High Level Summit on Large Flows of Migrants and Refugees” at the UN in New York. PSI will participate in the Summit with a delegation headed by PSI’s General Secretary, Rosa Pavanelli, and PSI affiliates that are on the frontline of migration and refugee issues.

Civil Society Days: 9th Global Forum on Migration and Development (Dhaka)

21 July 2016

PSI and the Global Union Federations are planning to bring a delegation of trade union activists to the GFMD Civil Society Days (CSD). The Civil Society Days will take place on 8‐9 December 2016, to be followed by the GFMD on 10‐12 December 2016. Both events will take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Working in Finland

29 June 2015

This pre-departure booklet contains basic information about several topics to help Indian and Filipino health workers who are bound to work in Finland.

Working in Denmark

29 June 2015

This pre-departure booklet contains basic information about several topics to help Indian and Filipino health workers who are bound to work in Denmark.

On Migrants Day, PSI reiterates its commitment to decent work and social protection for all

15 December 2014
Photo: Gustave Deghilage - Creative Commons

Public Services International (PSI) marks December 18th – International Migrants Day, with continued vigour and commitment to fight for decent work and social protection for migrant workers.

EUPHA Granada Declaration

14 May 2014
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The European Public Health Association (EUPHA) from 9 to 12 April 2014 organised its 5th European Conference on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health in Granada, Spain.

The participants adopted a declaration as they felt that "when many European countries are implementing austerity policies, it is especially important that the public health community should speak out on behalf of the poor and marginalized. Among them are many migrants, who for various reasons are especially vulnerable at this time.”

Speech given by PSI General Secretary at the 7th Global Forum on Migration and Development

13 May 2014
Rosa Pavanelli, PSI General Secretary, addressing the Common Space Panel session at the GFMD

PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli addressed the delegates of the 7th Global Forum on Migration and Development on 14 May in the Common Space Panel session on Labour Migration. An estimated 900 delegates representing governments, civil society, international organizations and experts participated in the forum.

Speech delivered by Jillian Roque (PSLINK) at the GFMD

13 May 2014

Speech delivered by Jillian Roque, Public Services Labor Independent Confederation (PSLINK), Philippines, at the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) at one of the breakout sessions on Boosting migrants and diasporas’ contributions to job creation and development in countries of residence, origin and heritage.

A passport to worker and union rights in Australia

17 February 2014
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If you are working as a nurse in New South Wales (NSW) this passport will help you find out how to join the NSW Nurses’ Association.

Resolution 25: Labour brokers/employment agencies in the public sector

03 February 2014

The 29th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI),
meeting in Durban, South Africa, on 27-30 November 2012

Resolution 36: Migration and Discrimination

31 January 2014

The 29th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI), meeting in Durban, South Africa, on 27-30 November 2012

Resolution 37: Ethical International Recruitment

30 January 2014

 The 29th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI), meeting in Durban, South Africa, on 27-30 November 2012

Thai Migrant Workers' Network statement on International Migrants' Day

19 December 2013

The State Enterprise Workers' Relation Confederation of Thailand (SERC) and Migrant Workers Right Network (MWRN) recognise the significant contribution of international migrants in Thailand and have organised joint activities to campaign for protection of migrants' rights and to develop migrant quality of life to the same level as Thai workers.

PSI Statement: December 18 - International Migrants Day

12 December 2013

Public Services International joins the international community in commemorating the millions of migrant workers and their families all over the world and re-affirming our commitment to uphold their dignity and human rights.

Statement and Action plan: Public Service Trade Union Action Planning Meeting on Social Protection for Migrant Workers

12 December 2013

Social protection is a human right, covers everyone, and consists of the totality of human rights, i.e. right to decent work, right to health, right to education, social rights, and cultural rights. We must fight for this human right.

Report: PSI at the ILO Tripartite Technical Meeting on Labour Migration

25 November 2013

Public Services International representatives joined the Workers’ Group during the Tripartite Technical Meeting on Labour Migration organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva on 4-8 November.

Pre-decision & Information Guide for Nurses and Midwives Migrating to Australia

28 October 2013
Pre-decision & Information Guide for Nurses and Midwives Migrating to Australia

Public Services International and the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA), a PSI affiliate, are partners in the production of this pre-decision kit and information guide for nurses and midwives migrating to Australia.

PSI/EPSU-ILO Roundtable on Labour Migration and Trade Union Rights

23 November 2015

The PSI/EPSU-ILO Roundtable on Labour Migration and Trade Union Rights is taking place in Yerevan, Armenia on 24-25 November. This meeting will be held in English, Russian and Armenian with the participation of PSI/EPSU affiliates, ILO Moscow ACTRAV and invited guests, experts and PSI staff.

Philippines Migration Project Planning and Stakeholders Meeting

17 June 2015

The Philippines Project Monitoring and Stakeholder Meetings within the PSI’s Decent Work and Social Protection for Migrant Workers in the Public Services Project will bring together PSI affiliates in the Philippines, Germany and Finland, other trade union partners, government agencies, policy makers, ethical recruiters, civil society organizations and migrant associations in order to tackle the challenges to decent work and social protection for migrant workers.

7th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)

12 May 2014

The GFMD Civil Society Days will take place on 12th-13th May 2014 at the Brewery Conference Centre, Stockholm. A shared session with governments, known as the Common Space, will be held in the same venue on the 14th of May. The GFMD Government Days will take place at the same location on 15th - 16th of May.

Joint ILO-PSI Training and Planning Workshop on Labour Migration

13 December 2013

This event is part of a Joint PSI and ILO ACTRAV project on labour migration in Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia.

Public Service Trade Union Action Planning Meeting on Social Protection for Migrant Workers

25 November 2013

Public Services International (PSI), in collaboration with the International Labour Organization Decent Work Across Borders Project (ILO DWAB): a Pilot Project for Migrant Health Professionals and Skilled Workers, funded by the European Union, is organising a “Public Service Trade Union Action Planning Meeting on Social Protection for Migrant Workers,” 28-30 November 2013, Berlin, Germany.

World Day for Decent Work 2013

03 October 2013

On 7 October we celebrate the World Day for Decent Work. Public Services International (PSI) joins the international trade union movement in demanding decent work for all and an end to the continuous attacks on trade union rights around the world. We want jobs that provide decent salaries and social security with safe working conditions.

Event: Peoples’ Global Action on Migration and Development

29 August 2013

The 2013 People’s Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights (PGA) is an independent civil society and grassroots event held in conjunction with the 2013 UN High Level Dialogue on Migration & Development (HLD).

Preparatory panel event to the UN High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development

29 August 2013

The Global Unions, including PSI, will be holding a preparatory panel event to the UN High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development on 2nd October: “Migration and Development: A Decent Work Issue.”

Event: High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD)

29 August 2013

For only the second time ever, United Nations’ Member States are organizing a High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD). The HLD 2013 will bring together high level representatives of governments, including heads of state, ministers, vice-ministers and senior officials in a series of plenary sessions and four round tables.

PSI’s 29th World Congress in Durban, South Africa, 27-30 November 2012

22 November 2012

As part of its World Congress events, PSI is holding a series of pre-congress meetings on key issues.

Global Unions Strategy Meeting on Labour Migration: Building Alternatives

17 September 2012
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Invitation to the Global Unions Strategy Meeting on Labour Migration: Building Alternatives, 24 - 25 September 2012, Brussels

United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW)

03 March 2012
Picture of african woman washing dishes

Union women from around the world are gathering in New York for the United Nations’ 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW56), starting on 27th February 2012. Focusing on decent work for rural women, quality public services, social protection and human rights, the trade union delegation to UNCSW56 will call on governments to commit to concrete measures to ensure that women living and working in rural areas enjoy opportunities for economic, social and human development.

Global Forum on Migration and Development - Civil Society Days

28 November 2011
Marching at the GFMD demo in Geneva on 2 December 2011

This year's GFMD Civil Society Days, focusing on the theme "Taking Action on Labour Migration, Development and the Protection of Migrant Workers and their Families," will bring together 200 civil society delegates to discuss and make recommendations to governments in the areas of rights-based policy making for the benefit of migrant workers and their families, protection for undocumented migrant wokrers, labour mobility and development alternatives to migration.

International Day for Decent Work 2012

23 November 2011

On 7 October we celebrate the World Day for Decent Work. Public Services International (PSI) joins the international trade union movement in demanding decent work for all and an end to the continuous attacks on trade union rights around the world. We want jobs that provide decent salaries and social security with safe working conditions.