ILO Global Media Competition on Labour Migration and Fair Recruitment 2018

ILO Global Media Competition on Labour Migration and Fair Recruitment 2018

Deadline: October 31, 2018

ILO invites applications for the 2018 Global Media Competition on Labour Migration and Fair Recruitment. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched the fourth global media competition to recognize exemplary media coverage on labour migration. The international competition aims at encouraging quality reporting on labour migration and recruitment of migrant workers.

The 2018 Global Media Competition on Labour Migration will be contributing to the UN TOGETHER campaign which has the purpose of encouraging global action in promoting non-discrimination and addressing the problem of rising xenophobia against refugees and migrants. All 193 Member States of the United Nations have committed to implementing the TOGETHER Campaign which will run until the end of 2018, when the UNGA is expected to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact for Refugees.

Thematic Areas

Entries submitted should address either one of the following 2 thematic areas:

  1. Labour migration aspects (migrant workers’ contribution to the social and economic development of countries of origin and destination, the protection of their labour rights, the recognition of their skills, their labour market integration, their social protection, migrant workers in an irregular situation, their working conditions (particularly their wages, working time and occupational safety and health, migrant workers in the informal economy, their trade union rights, forced labour, child labour, and trafficking situations); or
  2. Fair recruitment of migrant workers. Journalists are strongly encouraged to produce entries that shed light on the realities of processes of recruitment of migrant workers as well as on the positive aspects of fair and transparent recruitment practices.


A total of four winners (one per category, per thematic area) will receive $1,000 USD each. Winning entries will be featured on ILO website and widely promoted as an example of good journalism.


  • Open to Professional journalists and photographers
  • Refugees and displaced persons, where they are employed as workers outside their own countries, are considered migrant workers. As such, submissions covering international migrant workers and refugees (participating in labour markets outside their own countries) will be accepted.

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
  • Accuracy
  • Protection


Professional journalists and photographers are invited to submit a maximum of two entries, to any of the following two categories:

  • Media reports (online, print articles and radio production)
  • Photo essay/multimedia

Articles should not exceed 8000 words and radio production should not be longer than 10 minutes. For the photo essay/multimedia category, journalists/photographers may send up to 3 photos along with a caption. Submissions must have been published between 1 June 2017 and 31 October 2018 to qualify.

  • Entries are accepted in three languages: English, French, and Spanish. Entries in other languages will be accepted provided that the applicant presents a faithful translation in one of the three languages mentioned above.
  • Winners will be officially announced on 18 December to mark International Migrants Day.

For further enquiries, please contact: [email protected] 

To enter the competition, please fill in the online entry form.

For more information, visit ILO Global Media Competition.