ILO in the Arab States
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An ILO assessment of Syrian refugee employment in Lebanon finds that low wages, high unemployment & lack of labour market regulation pose serious challenges to livelihoods for both residents & refugees.
The ILO and its partners use apprenticeship programmes to fight youth unemployment in Jordan.
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International Women’s Day 2014
To mark International Women’s Day, the ILO reflects on the progress that has been made and what still needs to be done to achieve gender equality in the workplace.
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World day of Social Justice
Guy Ryder advocates for a real global socio-economic recovery, a recovery for all, and a Post-2015 Development Agenda that helps lift all out of poverty.
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.

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  1. Domestic workers

    Lebanon private domestic worker recruitment agencies review code of conduct

    29 April 2014

    The workshop will review the Code of Conduct adopted by Syndicate of Recruitment Agencies in Lebanon (SORAL) in 2013.

  2. Labour migration

    Arab States research network on labour migration reconsiders recruitment practices

    29 April 2014

    Leading practitioners and academics from the ILO’s Migration and Governance Network research network meet to discuss key issues related to labour migration and recruitment in the Arab region.

  3. Domestic workers

    Officials from Kuwait and Jordan explore methods to implement ILO international instruments on domestic workers

    23 April 2014

    Government representatives from Jordan and Kuwait meet to enhance their ability to implement ILO Convention No. 189 and Recommendation No. 201.


  1. Equal Pay - An introductory guide

    Ensuring that the work done by women and men is valued fairly and ending pay discrimination is essential to achieving gender equality.

  2. 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.

  3. Freedom of association for women workers in EPZs: A manual

    This manual is an easy-to-use, practical tool for trade unions to reach out to women workers in Export Processing Zones to inform them of their rights and engage them in activities that promote freedom of association and organizing as a key means to improve their working conditions.

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