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.

What's new

  1. Press Release

    Collective bargaining and social dialogue highlighted in workshop as vital tools to ensure good industrial relations in MENA region

    03 September 2015

    The ILO brings together employer and union representatives from the MENA region to explore successful collective bargaining and bipartite social dialogue structures and practices in selected sectors.

  2. Event

    ILO and social partners meet to discuss collective bargaining and bipartite social dialogue in the region

    The ILO and employers’ and workers’ representatives gathered from Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia to review practices of collective bargaining and bipartite social dialogue in the region.

  3. Migration

    A centre for migrant workers in Jordan

    19 August 2015

    Tens of thousands of migrants work in Jordan's fast-growing garment sector, but many of them face difficult living and working conditions. The ILO is working to change that, and has established a workers' center in Jordan's largest industrial zone. (Closed Captions available)

Publications

  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.