ILO in the Arab States

  • Street-based child labour

    New study sheds light on plight of working street-based children in Lebanon

    Study is the first of its kind to comprehensively profile the size and magnitude of street-based child labour in Lebanon

  • World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2015

    Unemployment on the rise over next five years as inequality persists

    Sluggish jobs recovery and social instability are the result of greater inequality says ILO in its new report on global employment trends.

  • Gender equality

    Global momentum means more women move into management

    Study shows positive link between female leadership and business performance and urges boost from current 5 per cent of women in top positions.

  • International Migrants Day

    A day in the life of a migrant worker

    Many migrant workers around the world suffer from a dearth of fundamental rights at work, including the right to a weekly day off. In the Middle East, some migrants rarely leave their place of work or have the opportunity to meet with fellow workers from their countries. The images in this photo-reportage, from Lebanon and Jordan, shed light on how these migrant workers cook, compete, worship, organize and learn from each other to better their lives and lobby for their rights.

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. Syrian Refugee Crisis/Employment and Livelihoods

    Italian government first to donate to vital ILO project in Lebanon supporting vulnerable communities affected by the Syrian refugee crisis

    24 February 2015

    Funding will benefit the vulnerable in host and refugee communities alike, focusing on unemployed youth, farmers and agricultural workers including children as part of the ILO’s contribution to the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan 2015-16.

  2. Pay Equity

    Jordan Pay Equity Committee to begin community organizing campaign in Irbid’s private schools

    19 February 2015

    The campaign will aim at empowering teachers working in private schools to negotiate for fair remuneration and better working conditions.

  3. Video

    Stories from street children in Lebanon

    16 February 2015

    Watch this series of short films featuring the stories of children who live and work on the streets of Lebanon’s cities, as told by the children themselves, using animation skills they learnt during a children’s advocacy training project.


  1. Labour inspection in Arab states: progress and challenges

    This is a comparative overview of labour inspection systems in selected Arab countries. It compiles available information on practices and areas of progress. It also highlights major knowledge gaps and areas where improvement is needed in ensuring effective and modern labour administration and inspection systems.

  2. 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.

  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.