ILO in the Arab States

  • Job centre for Syrian refugees opens in Jordan camp

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR inaugurated the Azraq refugee camp’s first employment centre.

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    World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2018

    ILO: Unemployment and decent work deficits to remain high in 2018

    The ILO’s flagship report shows that while the global unemployment rate is stabilizing, unemployment and decent work deficits will stay at persistently high levels in many parts of the world.

  • Giving child labourers a voice through music

    Thousands of children in Lebanon are engaged in child labour – many in some of its worst forms. The ILO and Lebanon’s Ministry of Labour teamed up with renowned conductor and choirmaster Selim Sahab, together setting up a special choir to empower these children, and give them a voice through music. This ILO-led initiative is part of efforts to implement Lebanon’s National Action Plan to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labour.

  • 331st ILO Governing Body

    ILO Governing Body welcomes Qatar’s commitment to bolster migrant worker rights

    At its 331st Session, the ILO’s Governing Body recognized progress made by Qatar, and welcomed its commitment to ensuring fundamental principles and rights at work for all workers and the resulting breakthrough to end the “kafala” sponsorship system.

What's new

  1. Press release

    ILO: Reforms in the construction sector in Arab states are crucial to ensure safe working conditions and payment of wages, particularly when companies go bankrupt

    21 February 2018

    A new ILO White Paper addresses two key challenges in the construction industry – how to ensure that workers are paid on time and that they are protected from unsafe working conditions.

  2. Global Commission on the Future of Work

    ILO Global Commission tackles the changes needed for a fair future of work for everyone

    20 February 2018

    The Global Commission on the Future of Work convened for the second time at ILO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, 15-17 February.

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    World Day of Social Justice

    Social justice for migrant workers is in everyone’s interest

    20 February 2018

    Fair treatment for the world’s 150 million migrant workers is in everyone’s interest, and requires labour migration to be well-governed and effective, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.


  1. Media-Friendly Glossary on Migration: Middle East Edition

    The Media-Friendly Glossary on Migration – Middle East Edition details technical terminology relating to forced labour, human trafficking, displacement, refugees and labour migration, and proposes accurate and neutral alternatives to inflammatory and discriminatory terms commonly used. The glossary also provides a more complete and nuanced understanding of migration.

  2. Trade Union Reference Manual on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    This reference manual, seeks to assist trade union leaders, members and sympathizers, in their engagement in these national strategies for sustainable development.

  3. Child labour in agriculture in Lebanon: A guide for practitioners

    Worldwide, almost 60 percent of working children aged 5–17 years can be found working in agriculture (including farming, fishing, aquaculture, forestry, and livestock). This amounts to more than 98 million girls and boys.