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

PSI influencing United Nations policy on health employment

24 March 2016
Photo: Co-chairs of the UN  High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth - Copyright Laurent Cipriani

PSI gave evidence to the UN High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth in Lyon, France on 23 March. PSI argued that public spending on public health was both a government obligation to ensure universal access to health care and an investment in economic growth.

Hope has no borders – Public services welcome migrants and refugees

21 March 2016

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March, Public Services International (PSI) calls on all public service workers to stand united in their support for migrants and refugees by welcoming them and fighting against racism and xenophobia.

Stop building walls in Europe!

17 March 2016
PSI_EPSU delegation

Public Services International (PSI) and European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) reject EU and Turkish “one-in, one-out deal’’ on refugees.

"Public services welcome migrants" seminar is underway in Brussels

14 March 2016
Photo: Sonia Sanchez

Over 50 trade unionists representing 15 countries from Europe and Africa have come together for 2.5 days to strengthen cooperation and enhance the role of public service trade unions in dealing with migration and refugee flows.

Video: All migrants have the right to have economic and social rights

14 March 2016

Statement of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, addressing the PSI - EPSU - ETUI seminar “Public Services Welcoming Migrants: Strengthening the role of public service trade unions in the protection of human rights and delivery of public services to migrants, asylum seekers and refugees” in Brussels, Belgium on 15 March.

PSI at the UN DESA 14th Coordination Meeting on International Migration

03 March 2016
Geneviève Gencianos, PSI Migration Programme Coordinator, at the 14th Coordination Meeting on International Migration

Public Services International (PSI) participated in the 14th Coordination Meeting on International Migration, organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) at the United Nations in New York, 25-26 February 2016.

On the 75th Anniversary of the February Strike - Yes to Asylum, Yes to Public Services

25 February 2016
Jasper Goss/Photo: Leo Hyde

In 2016, we should honour the February Strike, not just because those who took action were later tortured and even executed. Rather, we must ask ourselves, as trade unions, as members of the labour movement: what are we doing? Are we ready to take the risks necessary to confront the austerity-fueled resurgence of racism and national chauvinism across Europe and other parts of the world?

PSI Congress Resolutions

12 March 2013

Resolutions adopted at the 29th World Congress of Public Services International, held in Durban, South Africa, 27-30 November 2012. The resolutions are available in English, French, Spanish, German, Swedish, Japanese and Russian.

Young Workers: Why is migration an issue for you?

21 February 2013

Migration is an issue that affects us all. It cuts across many realities either at work or in the community. PSI works with trade unions worldwide to protect migrant workers. PSI also works to improve wages and working conditions – to reduce the economic pressure to migrate and to improve the quality of health and social services.

Resolution 35: Migration Project

30 November 2012

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

Resolution 7: Universal access to healthcare

30 November 2012

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

Migration: South Africa National Report

24 November 2012

The research gives voice to the experiences and needs of health and social care workers. It provides first-hand evidence to support trade union advocacy on behalf of health and social care workers. This report on the situation in South Africa is part of a global research project being carried out by PSI affiliates in South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and the Philippines, and in other origin and destination countries around the world.

Migration: Australia National Report

24 November 2012
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Quality healthcare and workers on the move. The Australia National Report is one of several research studies in key origin and destination countries carried out under the International Migration and Women Health and Social Care Workers Programme of Public Services International (PSI).

Migration: Kenya National Report

24 November 2012

Building trade union solidarity and action for workers on the move.