Migrants making mark in global workforce: ILO

A migrant boy watches a boat arriving on August 16, 2015, on the Greek island of KosMigrants are increasingly participating in a globalised economy, notably in the services sectors, according to a report released Wednesday by the ILO. The International Labour Organization shed light on new data which quantifies for the first time the extent to which a global migrant workforce estimated at 150.3 million people — 44 percent of them women — is carving a professional niche in the countries receiving them. At a time when mass migration, heightened by the conflict in Syria and economic crisis, has become a political hot potato the ILO said its calculations showed migrant workers make up almost three quarters — 72.7 percent — of a global migrant population which it puts at 206.6 million people of working age.

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