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.

Syrian Refugee Crisis in Jordan and Lebanon

Since 2012, the flow of refugees from Syria to neighbouring countries has continued unabated and today constitutes one of the largest, most protracted humanitarian emergencies of its kind. The refugee-receiving countries of Jordan and Lebanon were already experiencing difficult economic conditions before the Syrian crisis led to a dramatic increase in labour supply, which has added considerable pressure on their fragile labour markets. The effects of the crisis are also increasingly spilling over into neighbouring countries’ economic and social spheres, resulting in loss of economic activity and income as well as dwindling access to quality public services.

The "ILO Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Jordan and Lebanon" is development-focussed in its support of refugees and host communities and it aims to preserve social and economic stability at the national level.

What's new

  1. Local Economic Development

    Olive festival supports Jordan host communities in face of refugee crisis

    21 November 2014

    As part of the ILO’s efforts to support communities in Jordan most affected by the Syrian refugee crisis, the 2014 Irbid Olive and Rural Produce Festival brought together local farmers and businesses to showcase products and explore avenues to develop the olive industry.

  2. Labour migration

    Arab and Asian labour migration experts frame fair migration agenda

    19 November 2014

    Specialists from the Arab States and countries of migrant workers origin gather to formulate a common strategy to lobby for a fair labour migration between both regions.

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    Event

    Olive festival to support vital sector in northern Jordan economy

    17 November 2014

    As part of ILO efforts to support communities in Jordan most affected by the Syrian refugee crisis, it joins forces with local partners in Irbid to host a three-day festival promoting the vital olive industry in northern Jordan.

Publications

  1. Labour inspection, gender equality and non-discrimination in the Arab states: guide book

    This guide book builds on a number of global and regional materials on gender equality, discrimination and labour inspections.

  2. A manual for gender audit facilitators: The ILO participatory gender audit methodology (2nd Edition)

    This revised Manual provides gender audit facilitators with guidelines and practical instructions on how to plan and implement participatory gender audits (PGAs) in an organizational context.

  3. Tricked and Trapped: Human Trafficking in the Middle East

    This study sheds light on the situation of trafficked adult workers in the Middle East, both women and men.