Labour migration

ILO and officials meet to finalise labour migration database in the Arab states

The ILO and government officials from Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates have gathered to review and validate a comprehensive ILO-managed labour migration database.

The ILO’s Migration and Government Network (MAGNET) Project is to convene a workshop of government officials from around the Arab States in order to present a comprehensive labour migration database covering a variety of relevant variables and labour migration themes. The database, entitled the International Labour Migration Statistics (ILMS) Database for the Arab States, is modelled on the ILO’s ASEAN TRIANGLE Project and is currently published as a special collection on the ILO Department of Statistics’ main data portal ILOSTAT.

Participants at the workshop will include ILO statistical and legal experts as well as government representatives at pertinent ministries and statistical centres from Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. The workshop intends to further efforts to validate information currently available in the database and make necessary corrections based on the input of participants.

Specifically, the validation workshop aims to:
  • Present the current draft of MAGNET’s ILMS Database for the Arab States to focal specialists alongside the overall approach adopted;
  • discuss outstanding gaps in statistical data and legislation;
  • share countries’ experiences in the field of data collection as well as regulation of labour and international labour migration; and
  • identify national capacity-building requirements and mechanisms to collaborate and expand future updates of the ILMS Database for the Arab States.