Kafala system, recruitment and working conditions in Qatar

  1. Video

    New ILO documentary challenges common perceptions about migrant domestic workers

    18 December 2018

    Like millions of others, Soma, now 57, left her home, friends and young children to become a domestic worker and provide for her family. Some 30 years later, she travelled to her home village in Sri Lanka with Nour, the 24-year-old Lebanese woman she helped raise.

  2. Domestic workers

    “Thank you Soma - شكراَ صوما”: ILO documentary explores relationship between migrant domestic workers and Arab youth

    17 December 2018

    On the occasion of International Migrants Day (18 December), the ILO will premiere a new documentary film that aims to change the narrative about migrant domestic workers in the Arab States region.

  3. Briefing note

    Leaflet on the ILO project office for the State of Qatar

    26 October 2018

    In 2017 the ILO and Qatar entered into a comprehensive 3-year technical cooperation programme. This reflects the commitment of the Government of Qatar and the ILO to cooperate on ensuring compliance with ratified international labour Conventions as well as achieving basic principles and rights related to work in the State of Qatar.

  4. News

    International best practices on domestic workers discussed in Qatar

    18 September 2018

    Partners share ideas on how the rights of both domestic workers and their employers can be ensured.

  5. Meeting document

    Presentation: Fair Recruitment Modalities - An ILO Perspective

    24 January 2017

  6. Meeting document

    The Colombo Declaration

    24 January 2017

    The Declaration, adopted by delegations of eighteen member countries of the ADD, including countries from Asia and the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, features guidelines in four areas for a collaborative agenda.

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    Ministerial meeting of Abu Dhabi Dialogue adopts Declaration that refers to ILO principles and guidelines for fair migration

    24 January 2017

    The fourth ministerial meeting of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue concluded with a Declaration on migrant workers or ‘temporary contract workers’ by delegations of eighteen member countries from Asia and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

  8. © Marcel Crozet / ILO 2022

    Press release

    ILO’s Asia Pacific labour conference agrees to enhance labour migration governance in the interrelated regions of Asia and the Arab States

    15 December 2016

    The meeting discussed issues affecting employment and the world of work in the Asia, Pacific and Arab States including labour migration.

  9. Meeting document

    Summary report of information session: Fair Migration with a focus on Recruitment

    14 December 2016

    The information session on fair migration with a special focus on recruitment was chaired and moderated by Mr Houngbo, Deputy Director General for Field Operations, ILO.

  10. Labour migration

    ILO participates in the Abu Dhabi Dialogue Third Ministerial Consultation on labour migration

    The ILO will meet with officials from Arab Gulf and Asian nations at the Third Ministerial Consultation of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue to devise future programmes on migrant worker recruitment and internal labour market mobility.