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FRAMEWORKS

Box 2: What is “decent work”?

Introduced by the International Labour Organization (ILO), “decent work means productive work in which rights are protected, which generates an adequate income, with adequate social protection. It also means sufficient work, in the sense that all should have full access to incomeearning opportunities. It marks the high road to economic and social development, a road in which employment, income and social protection can be achieved without compromising workers' rights and social

standards." The ILO works to promote decent work through its work on employment, social protection, standards and fundamental principles and rights at work and social dialogue.

FOUR PILLARS OF DECENT WORK

Job Creation

Rights at Work

Social Protection

Social Dialogue

Source: Decent Work, Report of Mr. Juan Somavia, ILO DirectorGeneral, 87th session of the International Labour Conference, 1999.

Frameworks provide general principles and guidelines for approaching widespread, complex problems as labor migration management. They are a powerful tool in the promotion and protection of migrant worker rights for they provide a set of standards against which the treatment of migrant workers (and their families) can be measured. For the purposes of this policy analysis exercise, the report findings will be mainly

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