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 ObjectivesThe FAIRWAY project has a three-pronged strategy to:
- Promote labour migration-related policy change for fair migration that is informed by evidence-based policy advice;
- support improved implementation of laws and policies by strengthening institutional mechanisms and operational modalities in target countries; and
- build a more conducive environment for decent work of male and female migrant workers by addressing discriminatory attitudes and actions towards migrant workers.
Timeframe: January 2016 - July 2018
Latest from FAIRWAY
10 August 2017
The visa sponsorship system governs millions of migrant workers in the Middle East. Workers are tied to one sponsor or kafeel. In most countries the sponsor controls most aspects of their lives. This video – presented by the ILO FAIRWAY project and Migrant-Rights.Org – explores how the unequal relationship between sponsor and migrant worker can be addressed, and asks what are the added benefits.
Migrant workers in an irregular situation through no fault of their own: pathways and response options in the Arab States
07 August 2017
A migrant in an irregular situation or an undocumented migrant is someone who is not authorized to enter, stay or work in the country of destination. There are many pathways to an irregular situation in the Arab States, and migrants often have little control over the complex factors that determine their migration status. This short note on migrants in an irregular situation describes some of the common means through which migrant workers may end up in an irregular situation and proposes recommendations for governments in addressing this important issue.
13 July 2017
The programme – produced in partnership with the Ethical Journalism Network – targets journalists and digital media in order to change the narrative on migration in the region.