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Migration and Home Affairs


A person who is to be engaged, is engaged or has been engaged in a remunerated activity in a state of which they are not nationals.


Art. 2(1) of the UN Convention on the Protection of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families


  • BG: работник мигрант
  • CS: pracovní migrant
  • DE: Arbeitsmigrant / Wanderarbeiter / Wanderarbeitnehmer
  • EL: εργαζόμενος μετανάστης
  • EN: migrant worker
  • ES: trabajador migrante
  • ET: võõrtöötaja
  • FI: siirtotyöläinen / vierastyöläinen
  • FR: travailleur migrant
  • GA: oibrí imirceach
  • HU: migráns munkavállaló
  • IT: lavoratore migrante
  • LT: migrantas darbuotojas
  • LV: darba ņēmējs migrants
  • MT: Migrant(a) ħaddiem(a)
  • NL: arbeidsmigrant / buitenlandse werknemer
  • PL: pracownik migrujący
  • PT: trabalhador migrante
  • RO: lucrător / muncitor migrant
  • SK: migrujúci pracovník / pracovný migrant
  • SL: delavec migrant
  • SV: migrantarbetare
  • NO: arbeidsmigrant
  • KA: შრომითი მიგრანტი
  • UK: працівник-мігрант


  • foreign worker
  • labour migrant

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1. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) defines a migrant worker as 'a foreigner admitted by the receiving state for the specific purpose of exercising an economic activity remunerated from within the receiving country. Their length of stay is usually restricted as is the type of employment they can hold'.
2. For the purpose of the EMN the UN definition is preferred as it is more common in literature and more comprehensive since it specifically includes those migrant workers who may currently be out of work, but had been working earlier. The Convention also includes self-employed workers.