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.
FAIRWAY collaboration with the International Domestic Workers’ Federation leads to strengthened domestic workers’ association in Kuwait
26 February 2020
Since 2017, the FAIRWAY Programme has been supporting the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) to empower domestic workers in Kuwait through organizing, and has led to the establishment of the Sandigan Kuwait Domestic Workers Association (SKDWA) in the Philippines community, as well as outreach to African communities.
Discussion Note for Policymakers: Interregional dialogues on migration involving countries in the Middle East and Africa
13 February 2020
Migration from African countries to the Middle East is increasing. While Egypt continues to dominate the stock of African migrant workers in the region, particularly in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, emerging yet fragmented data suggests an increasing phenomenon of migrant workers in vulnerable situations from various African countries in East and West Africa. Currently, the two major interregional dialogues on labour migration to the Middle East do not include African countries.
23 January 2020
This Guidance Tool, developed by the ILO and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), is intended for companies operating in the construction sector in the Middle East and particularly the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Companies can use this practical and flexible tool to enhance their ability to comply with national and international labour standards.
Asia-Arab States and Africa Inter-regional meeting on safe and fair migration for women migrant workers
From 3 to 4 December 2019, in Bangkok, the ILO and UN Women hosted the inter-regional meeting, titled ‘Labour mobility between Asia and the Arab States: Sharing of experiences and progress under the Bali Declaration with specific focus on women migrant workers’.
13 November 2019
The ILO’s FAIRWAY Project has mapped out the key legal provisions dealing with migrant workers in English across eight Arab countries to provide greater access to information for the general public.
The training session covered key labour migration topics including human trafficking and right-based approaches.
ILO and Swiss Embassy in Jordan Screen Documentary: “Thank you Soma - شكراَ صوما” on International Domestic Workers’ Day
17 June 2019
The screening and panel discussion were organised by the ILO and Swiss Embassy to raise awareness around migrant domestic workers’ rights through the relationship between migrant workers and Arab youth.
ILO and Swiss Embassy in Jordan to Celebrate International Domestic Workers’ Day with Screening of ILO Documentary: “Thank you Soma - شكراَ صوما”
The screening and panel discussion, organised by the ILO and Swiss Embassy, will explore the relationship between migrant workers and Arab youth, and aim to challenge common perceptions about migrant workers.
Minimum wages and wage protection in the Arab States: Ensuring a just system for national and migrant workers
08 January 2019
This note for policymakers explores how States in the region – particularly those with a high percentage of migrant workers – can initiate a systematic, evidence-based process for setting and adjusting minimum wages, drawing on ILO standards and international good practice, whilst also improving and strengthening systems of wage protection.