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Ryszard Cholewinski
Migration Senior Specialist
ILO Regional Office for Arab States

Tel : +961-1-752400 (Ext. 217)
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The ILO in the United Arab Emirates

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    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been an ILO member state since 1972 and has ratified nine ILO Conventions, including six core Conventions. The UAE hosts some 8.7 million migrant workers – equivalent to over 80 per cent of the country’s resident population – making it one of the largest foreign labour-receiving countries in the world. With Emirati nationals mainly employed in the public sector, migrant workers constitute the bulk of private sector employment. The ILO and the UAE have recently embarked on a project that aims to empower the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE) by building its institutional capacities to enable it to create and maintain safe and healthy workspaces in all sectors of the economy. More on the UAE

With ILO Support the UAE:

  1. Domestic Workers

    • Established an Undersecretary for Domestic Workers’ Affairs at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
    • Adopted a Domestic Workers Law on legal working conditions for domestic worker.

  2. International Labour Standards

    • Developed a national labour inspection policy.
    • Drafted a national occupational safety and health policy.

  3. Labour Migration

    • Developed three interrelated decrees on contract switching, termination and labour force mobility.
    • Created a labour inspection coordination department to target high risk employment and bolster migrant worker protection.


  1. Ways forward in recruitment of low-­skilled migrant workers in the Asia-­Arab states corridor

    This White Paper serves to further stimulate policy dialogue for fair migration in the countries of origin and destination in Asia the Arab States corridor