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

Maarouf Saad El Masri
Administrative and Finance Assistant
FAIRWAY Project
(t): +961-1-752400
(e): saadelmasri@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 - June 2019

Latest from FAIRWAY

  1. News

    ILO and Swiss Embassy in Jordan Screen Documentary: “Thank you Soma - شكراَ صوما” on International Domestic Workers’ Day

    17 June 2019

    The screening and panel discussion were organised by the ILO and Swiss Embassy to raise awareness around migrant domestic workers’ rights through the relationship between migrant workers and Arab youth.

  2. Domestic workers

    ILO and Swiss Embassy in Jordan to Celebrate International Domestic Workers’ Day with Screening of ILO Documentary: “Thank you Soma - شكراَ صوما”

    The screening and panel discussion, organised by the ILO and Swiss Embassy, will explore the relationship between migrant workers and Arab youth, and aim to challenge common perceptions about migrant workers.

  3. Publication

    Minimum wages and wage protection in the Arab States: Ensuring a just system for national and migrant workers

    08 January 2019

    This note for policymakers explores how States in the region – particularly those with a high percentage of migrant workers – can initiate a systematic, evidence-based process for setting and adjusting minimum wages, drawing on ILO standards and international good practice, whilst also improving and strengthening systems of wage protection.