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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  1. Event

    Improving working conditions in Mafraq and Irbid through upgrading informal apprenticeships

    The ILO will hold a two-day workshop with training providers to assess ways of upgrading informal apprenticeships to benefit Syrian refugees and their host communities in the northern governorates of Mafraq and Irbid.

  2. Event

    ILO launches reports on skills needs in two key sectors of Jordan’s economy

    The reports, by the ILO’s Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) in Jordan project, shed light on the situation of the Jordanian pharmaceutical sector and the food processing and beverage sector from a skills and labour market perspective.

  3. © ILO Arab States 2015

    Press release

    Festival promotes pomegranate industry in northern Jordan

    09 October 2015

    The ILO and Directorate of Agriculture back event to support Jordanian communities most affected by the Syrian refugee crisis.


  1. Access to justice for migrant domestic workers in Lebanon

    This study analyzes the legal framework of immigration and employment in the sector of domestic work and traces the development of case law of criminal courts and Labour Arbitration Councils since 2000 in cases involving migrant domestic workers (MDWs) victims of labour exploitation.

  2. Towards Decent Work in Lebanon: Issues and Challenges in Light of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

    The objective of this report is to review labour market and employment conditions and focuses on both the quantity and quality of jobs in Lebanon in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis.

  3. Demographic and Labour Market Trends in Yemen

    A background paper to frame the interface between the youth employment challenge and the national migration policy. This paper offers an analysis of demographic and labour market trends in Yemen that may prove important to inform policy makers on the magnitude of the employment and migration challenge for the years to come, and also emphasizes the importance of the protection of Yemeni workers in GCC countries and the advancement of women’s economic empowerment.