Advancing the rights of migrant workers throughout the Middle East
Both company management and government officials encouraged migrants to continue working without pay on state projects but broke promises to settle their wages upon completion. 52 workers remain stuck in derelict camp while they fight to recoup between six and 18 months worths of wages, as well as their end-of-service benefits.
Health and Safety
Filed Agricultural Workers
A lack of awareness of their rights, and a perceived lack of options, keep Bahrain's agricultural workers in a rut
An MR series that travels to countries of origin and explores the lived experiences of both returning and potential migrants, and their families.
Response to online sale of domestic workers may not address root problems
Detention & Deportation
A recently proposed bill would require migrants to work for three years before being able to transfer jobs without their employer's permission.
In one-to-one interviews and focus groups, female migrant workers in Qatar, Kuwait, and Bahrain recounted their experiences with violence in the workplace and how they navigated formal and informal grievance mechanisms. Through their insights, we aim to provide a better understanding of the current status quo and offer recommendations to prevent and improve government response to gender-based violence. Using Feminist Participatory Action Research methods, the report’s findings and recommendations are predominantly those of the participants.
The economic downturn hit Bahrain’s construction sector hard and exacerbated the already rampant practice of delayed and unpaid wages. Costs and losses are passed on to the most vulnerable – the migrant workers at the end of the supply chain.
The predominant model of employment in the region is the live-in arrangement, where millions of workers are subject to the stranglehold of an individual employer and their household. What are the viable alternatives to this prevalent model?
The Philippines has lifted a ban on deployment of domestic workers to Kuwait following an agreement on a Standard Work Contract for Filipino domestic workers.
Kuwait’s Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs issued an order prohibiting the issuance of new licenses to expatriate students and nurses in a bid to “solve the problem of traffic congestion.”
Bahrain’s Shura Council unanimously voted against a proposed amendment to the labour law that would guarantee employers to pay their workers on time and in full.
of domestic workers are not in possession of their passports, according to the Kuwait Society for Human Rights.
weekly average for domestic workers in Saudi, the second highest in the world.
Practices, policies, and prospective reforms impacting domestic workers
Current cases and issues with access to grievance mechanisms and justice
Working hours, salaries, safety, and the physical and mental conditions migrants live and work under
Issues and policies that affect migrant workers across the region
Opinion pieces from observers and stakeholders
Practices and prospective reforms of the intermediaries between migrants and employers
Stereotypes and xenophobic policies and practices that affect migrant workers
Reforms and consequences of the Kafala system
The experiences of female migrant workers
Official statements by Migrant-Rights.org
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