ILO in the Arab States

The ILO Regional Office for Arab States promotes decent work in the Levant and the Gulf, covering 11 countries: Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, UAE, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain. ILO activities in the occupied Palestinian territory are also part of the Regional Office portfolio.

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    ILO: Unemployment among Palestinians up by over 25 per cent

    28 May 2015

    Occupation, settlement expansion, violence and tensions further depress Palestinian economy.

  2. © ILO Arab States 2015

    ILO response to Syrian refugee crisis

    Lebanese farmers pay heavy price for Syrian crisis

    25 May 2015

    The tranquillity of Lebanon's fertile north belies a brewing crisis. Just two miles from Syria and its civil war, local farmers say the conflict has been disastrous for business

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    Waged employment on the rise in the Middle East and North Africa but youth and women see further job losses

    20 May 2015

    The International Labour Organization’s (ILO)’s annual World Employment and Social Outlook 2015 report shows that while waged and salaried employment is on the rise, youth and women in the Middle East and North Africa continue to suffer from a lack of decent work opportunities.


  1. Demographic and Labour Market Trends in Yemen

    A background paper to frame the interface between the youth employment challenge and the national migration policy.

  2. Manual on Skills Testing and Certification: Jordan

    This manual contains the minimum requirements for skills testing and certification processes in Jordan. It does not constitute an academic curriculum on assessment methods but is expected to be used as a core reference by test developers and assessors and all those concerned with skills testing in the country, at least for the first three occupational levels.

  3. Labour inspection in Arab states: progress and challenges

    This is a comparative overview of labour inspection systems in selected Arab countries. It compiles available information on practices and areas of progress. It also highlights major knowledge gaps and areas where improvement is needed in ensuring effective and modern labour administration and inspection systems.