Migration et travail décent

Étienne Piguet

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This paper offers a synthetic overview of the specific difficulties faced by migrant workers regarding the different aspects of “decent work”. The concept of “decent work” has been coined by the International Labour Organization to define the minimum level of human rights that should be granted to workers with regard to working conditions, social protection, worker’s rights and social dialogue. We follow the general framework of the ILO and identify for each of these fields the theoretical reasons for which migrants could be disadvantaged. We then provide some examples of such disadvantages, mainly with reference to Switzerland as one of the most important immigration countries in Europe relative to its population.

Suggested bibliographic reference for this article:

Piguet, Étienne. Migration et travail décent. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 2009, vol.11, no.1, pp. 36-50, UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574. www.unesco.org/shs/ijms/vol11/issue1/art2

About the author:

Etienne Piguet (Ph.D. in economics, University of Lausanne, 1998) is professor of geography at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland), where he holds the “Geography of Mobilities” chair. Specialising in migration studies, his publications and research fields include immigration policies, labour market issues, ethnic and minority business, asylum seekers and refugees, urban segregation and the integration of migrant populations.

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