PSI represents 20 million workers involved in the delivery of public services. About 7 million workers affiliated to PSI work in the health and social care services which are seeing an increasing phenomenon of migration. For this reason, the central image in the piece is that of a health care worker.
Their statement reads:
We cannot treat migration and development without human rights. According to the United Nations, there are around 215 million people today who live and work outside their countries of birth. About half of these international migrants are women, working to support their families and communities back home.
Despite the huge contribution that migrant workers bring to their host and home countries in terms of services, taxes, remittances (currently at $315 billion) and the rich culture they bring, many countries are still far from fulfilling their obligation to protect migrant workers’ rights. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly adoption of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.
“It is very concerning to see many countries hesitating to commit to these rights by delaying their ratification of these core human rights instruments and labour standards. There is virtually no country in this world that does not depend on migrant workers to address their workforce needs.”, declares Peter Waldorff, General Secretary of Public Services International.
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