Slideshow - International Migrants Day

A day in the life of a migrant worker

To mark International Migrants Day on December 18, the ILO Regional Office for Arab States’ Migration and Governance Network (MAGNET) has teamed up with photographers Leila Alaoui and Nadia Bseiso to follow non-Arab migrant workers in the Middle East who spend their limited time off making a difference in their communities. The images, from Lebanon and Jordan, shed light on how these migrant workers cook, compete, worship, organize and learn from each other to better their lives and lobby for their rights.

Presentation | 18 December 2014

Photo-story: Migrant workers in Jordan and Lebanon

Many migrant workers around the world suffer from a dearth of fundamental rights at work, including the right to a weekly day off. In the Middle East, some migrants rarely leave their place of work or have the opportunity to meet with fellow workers from their countries. In this photo-reportage, the ILO gives voice to inspiring women and men who choose to use their limited time off to assist fellow migrants in realizing their right to decent work wherever they may be.

* The full names of the workers in this photo-story have been withheld at their request.