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The International Labour Organisation is a special UN agency that seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally-recognised human and labour rights. The ILO formulates sets minimum standards of basic labour rights, for example freedom of association, the right to organise, collective bargaining, abolition of forced labour, and equality of opportunity and treatment. The international migration branch (MIGRANT) looks at issues surrounding the loss of highly skilled workers from developing countries.
The IOM was established in 1951 as an intergovernmental organisation to resettle European displaced persons, refugees and migrants. It has now grown to encompass a variety of migration management activities throughout the world, that includes research that enables organisations and governments to better respond to emerging migration challenges. IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.
MSI strives to create and nurture world-class science and scientific talent in the developing world by fostering innovative research and applications of specific value to the host country or region; educating and training future generations of scientists and engineers; developing linkages with educational and research institutions, the private sector, and the global scientific community. MSI projects have been set up in Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Africa and Vietnam.
The OECD groups 30 member countries that share a commitment to democratic government and the market economy. Best known for its publications and its statistics, its work covers economic and social issues from macroeconomics, to trade, education, development and science and innovation. Its migration section is based on continued monitoring of migration movements and policies in member countries and outside the OECD area, and in-depth analysis of the economic and social aspects of migration.
TOKTEN is a global mechanism run by the United Nations Development Programme for tapping on expatriate nationals, who had migrated to other countries and achieved professional success abroad, and mobilising them to undertake short-term consultancies in their countries of origin. This approach aims to help to reduce the adverse effects of the brain drain.
The Population Information Network strives to make international, regional and national population information — particularly that available from UN sources — easily available to the international community.