ILO in the Arab States
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ILO in the Arab States

XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work
Guy Ryder announces ILO to renew efforts to get compliance for health and safety standards at work around the globe.
XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work
Each year 2.3 million people worldwide die from a work-related accident or disease.
© 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.
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.
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. Decent Work for Domestic Workers/C189

    Technical Meeting to Discuss Draft Law for Domestic Workers in Jordan

    08 September 2014

    The Jordanian government and the ILO meet to review Jordan’s new draft law on domestic workers, with the aim of better reflecting the principles of Convention No. 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

  2. Labour migration

    National Workshop on Human Trafficking in Yemen

    03 September 2014

    The ILO and the Government of Yemen work together to draft national legislation to combat human trafficking and design an effective national strategy to ensure meaningful reform in the country.

  3. Media Advisory

    National Workshop on Human Trafficking in Yemen

    01 September 2014

    The workshop will discuss where Yemen stands with the new draft legislation on human trafficking, and how to align the new draft law with ILO Convention No. 29 and its supplementing Protocol and Recommendation.


  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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