ILO in the Arab States
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© Anwar Amro/AFP 2014
Labour Migration
A migrant domestic worker in Lebanon decided to fight the “Kafala” system and escape her employers. She took her case to a Lebanese court, & seven years on, has been rewarded justice.
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Help for migrants -  4 August 2014
In less than one year the Al Hassan Industrial Zone Workers’ Centre in Jordan has become a model for servicing migrant workers.
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ILO Study
Jordan’s youth face a myriad of challenges when attempting to move from education to the workplace, according to a new ILO study.
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© Jenny Vaughan/AFP 2014
Green economy
ILO Director-General calls on EU environment and labour ministers to align policies for sustainable development.
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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. Know About Business

    Teachers in Jordan attend ILO enterprise training workshop

    16 August 2014

    The ILO begins the second phase of the pilot implementation of its “Know About Business” flagship entrepreneurship programme with selected teachers in Irbid.

  2. Press release

    Improving media coverage on the topic of labour migration in Jordan

    15 August 2014

    The ILO and the Panos Europe Institute train Jordanian journalists in ethical and effective reporting on labour migration and human trafficking issues.

  3. © Anwar Amro / AFP 2014

    Labour migration

    Edging closer to justice: The journey of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon

    15 August 2014

    One migrant domestic worker in Lebanon decided to fight the “kafala” system and escape her employers. She took her case to a Lebanese court, and, seven years on, has been rewarded by achieving a measure of justice, a feat that would have seemed impossible to achieve a mere decade ago.

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.

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