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.
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.
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.
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.
05 November 2014
An animated movie that invites the audience to think about work conditions of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon.
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.
06 August 2014
It is estimated that indigenous peoples constitute some 370 million individuals, representing more than 5,000 distinct peoples living in more than 70 countries. Throughout history, lack of respect for these cultures has led to conflict in far too many cases around the world. The ILO has been working to improve the conditions of indigenous and tribal peoples since the 1920s. Despite progress, the path to an inclusive and fair society is far from over.
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.