Resources on Labour migration in Arab States

  1. ILO Response to the Beirut Blast: A decent work approach for quick recovery and job creation

    14 August 2020

    On August 4 2020, a massive explosion ripped through the Port of Beirut, killing hundreds of people and leaving thousands more injured and homeless. The ILO response programme contributes to the UN Flash Appeal under the Emergency Response Framework to address the consequences of the explosion, from immediate needs to recovery and reconstruction.

  2. Impact of COVID-19 on Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon

    28 June 2020

    This brief provides evidence of the impact of the pandemic on Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon, shedding light on some of the most pressing issues facing workers and enterprises.

  3. ILO’s support to Syrian refugees and host communities: Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt

    26 June 2020

    Within the framework of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), the ILO is facilitating equal access to labour markets and promoting decent work for all – prerequisites for enhancing resilience and reducing aid dependency. Building on its universal mandate to promote employment, social dialogue, social protection and international labour standards, the ILO supports the transition to sustainable livelihoods for refugees and host communities alike, transforming displacement into an opportunity for development.

  4. Better Work Jordan (Phase III)

    07 June 2020

    Under Better Work Jordan Phase III strategy, the program will continue to work with stakeholders and development partners to expand decent work opportunities in the Jordanian garment industry and beyond. The program aims to help reduce poverty by providing decent work, empowering women, driving business competitiveness and promoting inclusive economic growth. This can be achieved through enhancing economic performance at the enterprise level as well as improving compliance with the Jordanian Labour Law and International Labour Standards.

  5. In the Shadow of the State: Recruitment and Migration of South Indian Women as Domestic Workers to the Middle East

    02 June 2020

    This background paper describes and analyses the drivers, pathways and experiences of migrant women from South India as domestic workers in Gulf countries. It is based on primary and secondary research.

  6. COVID-19: Labour Market Impact and Policy Response in the Arab States

    15 May 2020

    Briefing Note with FAQs

  7. Towards a Coordinated Humanitarian-Development Response to COVID-19 Crisis: Reflections from the Arab Region with an ILO Lens

    22 April 2020

    The multilateral system should support Arab countries to build on humanitarian and development mechanisms and experiences developed in recent years, in order to rapidly and effectively respond to the COVID-19 health, social, and economic crisis in the region.

  8. ILO and SDC launch new programme to protect migrant workers in vulnerable situations in the Arab States, with a focus on workers from Africa

    30 March 2020

    The FAIRWAY Programme, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by ILO, responds to the need to ensure decent work for migrant workers, including in sectors where they are at high risk of exploitation, such as in domestic work, construction and hospitality, and will support interregional collaboration between countries in Africa and the Middle East.

  9. Project Brief: The FAIRWAY programme

    30 March 2020

    The FAIRWAY programme addresses underlying causes of decent work deficits at their source through national-level interventions in selected countries of origin in East, West and North Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, and Morocco). In the Arab States, the programme provides continuity to interventions in countries of destination across the region by building on the work of the Fairway Middle East project (2016-2019), which targeted low-skilled migrant workers from all regions.

  10. FAIRWAY Publications

    23 March 2020