Photos and videos on labour migration

March 2015

  1. Building Hope and Opportunity: The Al Hassan Workers' Center

    14 March 2015

    Tens of thousands of workers are employed in Jordan's fast-growing garment sector. Eighty percent of these workers are migrants. In an effort to improve their living and working conditions, the International Labour Organization initiated the establishment of a workers' center in the largest industrial zone in Jordan.

February 2015

  1. Stories from street children in Lebanon

    16 February 2015

    Watch this series of short films featuring the stories of children who live and work on the streets of Lebanon’s cities, as told by the children themselves, using animation skills they learnt during a children’s advocacy training project.

December 2014

  1. © Nadia Bseiso / ILO 2021

    A day in the life of a migrant worker

    18 December 2014

    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.

  2. Labour migration: A key challenge

    09 December 2014

    With hundreds of thousands of migrants risking sea journeys to find a better life elsewhere, Al Jazeera interviews Michelle Leighton, Chief of the ILO's International Migration Branch. We need to focus on creating decent work opportunities in countries of origin, Leighton says. Governments too have to consider regular channels of migration, and look at their labour markets and ensure that workers and employers are part of the dialogue in solving the problem.

  3. Cooperating Out Of Isolation: The Case of Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon, Jordan and Kuwait

    04 December 2014

    As in other parts of the world, Arab countries have seen an increase in – mainly female – migrant domestic workers, who have become the primary care providers in the household. This is the result of many contributing factors including the lack of affordable and well-regulated social care provisions and infrastructures, demographic shifts and transformation of families, and changing income and working patterns.

November 2014

  1. As the business case for migration becomes stronger, so must our political capacity to deal with it, warns ILO Chief

    10 November 2014

    Policy coherence and the role labour ministries and social partners should play in employment and labour migration were the subject of a lively discussion at the ILO during a High-level Interactive Dialogue organized in cooperation with the Government of Italy. The panel was organized to share views, experiences and practices from various regional perspectives around the implementation of the ILO’s Fair Migration Agenda.

  2. The Contract

    05 November 2014

    An animated movie that invites the audience to think about work conditions of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon.

October 2014

  1. It's time to ratify the newly adopted ILO Forced Labour Protocol

    17 October 2014

    The new legally-binding ILO Protocol on Forced Labour aims to strengthen global efforts towards combating forced labour, trafficking and slavery-like practices. Governments now have the opportunity to ratify the Protocol and integrate new measures at the national and regional levels to combat this crime.

June 2014

  1. © Tabitha Ross/ILO 2021

    Syrian refugee children at work… and in a play

    25 June 2014

    Abject poverty is forcing many Syrian refugee families to send their children to work. In Lebanon, host to over a million refugees from Syria, current and former child labourers held a musical and theatrical performance to mark World Day against Child Labour.

May 2014

  1. William Gois, Regional Coordinator, Migrant Forum in Asia

    29 May 2014