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 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.

Canada: pre-decision and information kit

19 November 2011

The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) and the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) are working with their sisters and brothers affiliated with Public Services International (PSI) to strengthen labour’s response to migration and to promote quality public health services.

Bermuda - Migration Pre-decision kit

19 November 2011

Bermuda’s small population limits its ability to provide adequate workers in specific areas of public services. For this reason, Bermuda relies heavily on migrant workers and is considered a country of destination.

Pre-decision kit

07 November 2011

Public Services International (PSI) and its affiliated unions have prepared this kit to provide basic information on the facts, realities and issues concerning migration in the health sector. It is designed to help potential migrant health workers make an informed choice and to support unions that wish to assist health workers in making the right decisions

Annual Report 2010

05 April 2011

In the face of widening cuts to public services and attacks on the rights of public sector workers around the world, leaders of private and public sector trade unions, municipal governments and civil society groups made the unprecedented joint commitment to work together to promote investment in quality public services backed by fair taxation policies as the key solution to the economic crisis, and the best way to build peaceful, equitable, democratic and environmentally-sustainable societies.

Annual Report 2009

03 April 2010

Environmental and social sustainability provided the primary theme for PSI’s work in 2009. Leading into the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 15) in Copenhagen in December, trade unions and civil society allies worked hard to ensure that world leaders would agree on an ambitious plan to reduce carbon emissions. Alas, this dream did not become reality. But we are committed to continuing this struggle and achieving real results.

United States - Pre-decision and Information Kit

04 May 2009

Each of the 50 states in the United States is unique in its own way. Elected governors and legislatures govern each state and the president and congress governs the country.

Basic questions Health Workers need to ask - PDK

04 May 2009

When considering migration for the purpose of employment, one has to carefully weigh the benefits and consequences of the move.

Young Workers: PDK

02 May 2009

Migration is an issue that affects us all. It cuts across many realities either at work or in the community. Trade unions want to protect migrant workers rights and to promote international solidarity among workers worldwide.

PDK: Bermuda

02 May 2009

Bermuda’s small population limits its ability to provide adequate workers in specific areas of public services.

Netherlands: pre-decision and information kit

24 April 2009

Since World War II the Netherlands has had regular shortages of health workers. One
solution was to attract workers abroad. First in the former Dutch colonies of Indonesia
and Suriname, later in other countries such as the Philippines, South-Africa, Ireland,
Germany, Russia, Poland and Latvia.

Philippines: pre-decision and information kit

24 April 2009

Choosing to work abroad is a big decision that entails careful research, analysis and preparation from the aspiring migrant worker. Especially in the Philippines where poverty and lack of opportunities are so widespread, many Filipinos are enticed and compelled to seek better prospects in other countries, thereby increasing the number of people desperate to find work abroad, and alongside it, the number of malicious people ready to cash in on the growing industry. Thus, it is not uncommon to hear stories about innocent Filipinos getting victimized by illegal recruiters and scammers.

Kenya: Pre-decision & Information Kit

24 April 2009

It is a human right for one to seek opportunities to improve his or her life and social and economic status. Faced with low remuneration, poor working conditions, workplace violence and the rising prices of basic commodities in developing countries, health workers are opting to migrate to industrialized countries where they believe they can find better opportunities for themselves and for their families.

Annual Report 2008

03 April 2009

Looking back at 2008 the one word that comes to mind is CHANGE. We saw a dramatic change in the global economy, it was the keyword in the US election and we initiated changes in PSI.

Ghana: pre-decision and information kit

22 April 2008

In Ghana, where unemployment and poverty are on the rise, many Ghanaian health workers are enticed and compelled to seek ‘greener pastures’ in Europe and in North America. Without adequate information preparation, aspiring migrants cannot make informed decisions on whether it is really in their best interest to migrate.