European Convention on the Legal Status of Migrant Workers

(ETS No. 093)

Open for signature by the member States of the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, on 24 November 1977.

Entry into force: 1 May 1983.

Summary of the treaty

This Convention is concerned with the principal aspects of the legal situation of migrant workers, in particular recruitment, medical examinations, occupational tests, travel, residence permits, work permits, the reuniting of families, working conditions, the transfer of savings and social security, social and medical assistance, the expiry of work contracts, dismissal and re-employment.

A Consultative Committee was instituted to examine Parties' reports on the application of the Convention. On the basis of these documents, the Consultative Committee draws up reports for the attention of the Committee of Ministers.