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Sophia Kagan
Chief Technical Adviser
FAIRWAY Project
(t): +961-1-752400
(e): kagan@ilo.org

Eliza Marks
Technical Officer
FAIRWAY Project
(t): +961-1-752400
(e): marks@ilo.org

Regional Fair Migration Project in the Middle East (FAIRWAY)

© Leila Alaoui / ILO
The Middle East is recognized as one of the main destination regions for migrant workers globally – hosting more than 32 million migrants, mostly migrant workers. Migration to these wealthy countries has provided countless jobs and generated billions of dollars in remittances for migrant workers and their families. In offering the chance to learn new skills and escape poverty in the home country while helping to solve the large labour shortages in the Middle East, migration is generally welcomed by both origin and destination countries. However, the complicated and expensive processes associated with migrating for work have created a regime which lends itself to exploitative recruitment and working conditions for migrant workers. Low skilled workers in particular – often from Asia and Africa – face multiple decent work deficits.

The Regional Fair Migration Project in the Middle East (FAIRWAY project) supports implementation of the ILO Fair Migration Agenda in the region (endorsed by the Abu Dhabi Dialogue in November 2014), and other ILO projects in addressing the decent work deficits of migrant workers. In particular, the project promotes fair migration (including fair recruitment) and contributes to combating forced labour and trafficking for labour exploitation.

Strategy and Objectives

The FAIRWAY project has a three-pronged strategy to:
  1. Promote labour migration-related policy change for fair migration that is informed by evidence-based policy advice;
  2. support improved implementation of laws and policies by strengthening institutional mechanisms and operational modalities in target countries; and
  3. build a more conducive environment for decent work of male and female migrant workers by addressing discriminatory attitudes and actions towards migrant workers.
The project operates at the regional level and offers country-specific assistance and support, with particular focus on the sectors in which low-skilled migrant workers predominate – construction and domestic work.

Timeframe: January 2016 - December 2018

Latest from FAIRWAY

  1. © Julian Buijzen 2018

    Labour migration

    ILO launches Migration Glossary for Middle East media

    08 December 2017

    The glossary guides journalists in the region towards rights-based reporting on migration, forced labour and trafficking in persons, as part of an initiative to promote fair migration.

  2. Event

    Launch of the Media-Friendly Glossary on Migration: Middle East Edition at Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism conference

    The glossary will guide journalists in the region towards rights-based reporting on migration, forced labour and trafficking in persons.

  3. Publication

    Media-Friendly Glossary on Migration: Middle East Edition

    27 November 2017

    The Media-Friendly Glossary on Migration – Middle East Edition details technical terminology relating to forced labour, human trafficking, displacement, refugees and labour migration, and proposes accurate and neutral alternatives to inflammatory and discriminatory terms commonly used. The glossary also provides a more complete and nuanced understanding of migration.