Migrant Workers

Migrant Worker Accommodation

Briefing, 21 February 2019

The quality of workers’ living environment has a major effect on their physical and psychological well-being. The provision of decent housing is an important sign that businesses respect and value their employees, and is shown to enhance productivity. Many businesses report that new workers settle into their roles much faster when they live in decent and dignified accommodation. Conversely, poor housing conditions can lead to workers becoming demotivated and unwell, with obvious implications for their ability to perform their work effectively.

This IHRB Briefing provides an overview of the human rights risks posed to migrant workers via the practices surrounding accommodation provision. It includes information on:

  • the international legal standards
  • defining decent and adequate housing 
  • what businesses should do
  • key resources 
  • and more


This Briefing forms part of a larger series, including briefings on migrant worker wages and payslips as well as on trade unions



Photo credit: Flickr/Richard Messenger

Latest IHRB Publications

Rights and Wrongs - Where Does the Buck Stop?

Last week, Bank of America announced that it would no longer lend to companies that run the controversial centres where the United States Government is detaining refugees and migrants who have entered the country without proper documentation  (such...

Shramik Sanjal - Findings from a Survey of Nepalese Migrant Workers

The third annual Global Forum for Responsible Recruitment took place this week in Bangkok, Thailand. Among the participants are a group of migrant workers from Nepal who work to assist fellow migrant workers, advocate for their rights, and ensure...

10 July 2019

Statement by Sharan Burrow to the Global Forum for Responsible Recruitment

Dear friends,

The ITUC is interested in the work of the Global Forum for Responsible Recruitment and welcomes the continued focus on fair recruitment of migrant workers. Indeed, the gaps left by inadequate labour and migration regulation and...

09 July 2019