Publications on the FAIRWAY project

  1. Making decent work a reality for domestic workers in the Middle East: Progress and prospects ten years after the adoption of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189)

    14 December 2021

    To mark the tenth anniversary of this historic Convention and to explore the progress made over the last decade, a global report has been produced by the ILO. Recognizing the importance of the domestic work sector in Middle East, the ILO FAIRWAY developed this regional summary of the situation of domestic workers in the region.

  2. Thematic brief: Promoting internal labour market mobility in the Arab States

    30 November 2021

    This thematic brief was developed to further discussions during the Africa – Arab States Interregional Tripartite Meeting on Labour Migration on 15-16 November 2021. It sets out the rationale and promising practices for promoting internal labour market mobility, loosely defined as the ability to terminate employment, switch to a different employer, renew a work permit and/or leave the destination country without the approval of the employer, including during the contract period.

  3. Protecting wages of migrant workers in the Arab States: Discussion Note for Policymakers

    15 June 2021

    Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, migrant workers faced critical wage-related issues globally, and especially in the Arab States, yet the scale of the problem has vastly increased as the pandemic led to job losses, salary reductions and unplanned repatriations.

  4. Promoting fair and ethical recruitment in a digital world

    17 May 2021

    This joint report by the ILO and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) explores innovative state-facilitated digital technology platforms from four different contexts, with a focus on the Employment Permit System of the Republic of Korea, Musaned from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, eMigrate from the Republic of India and the European Network of Employment Services.

  5. Country briefs of the regulatory frameworks governing migrant workers in the Arab States

    23 March 2021

    The country briefs map the key legal provisions dealing with migrant workers in eight Arab countries, summarizing the legal rules about who pays for recruitment, whether passport confiscation is prohibited by law, minimum working conditions including wages, working hours and rest periods, how to lodge grievances, and brief details of each country’s sponsorship regime.

  6. Information Brief: Promoting balanced media reporting on migrant workers in the Arab States

    22 March 2021

    This information brief looks at how Arabic-language media in Jordan and Kuwait report on migrant workers, based on media monitoring research in 2019, and suggests recommendations to strengthen the inclusion of migrant workers in the media.

  7. Ethical Reporting on Labour Migration in the Arab States

    18 December 2020

    Three actions to take today.

  8. 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.

  9. Guidance Tool for Construction Companies in the Middle East

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. Domestic workers and employers in the Arab States: Promising practices and innovative models for a productive working relationship

    06 March 2018

    This White Paper presents promising practices and innovative models to ensure a productive working relationship for both domestic workers and employers in the Arab States.

  12. 10 Things you should know about Migrant Resource Centres in the Arab States

    27 February 2018

    Based on the publication ‘A Mapping of Migrant Resource Centres in the Arab States’ this brief outlines global good practices in the establishment of migrant resource centres.

  13. A mapping of migrant resource centers in the Arab States

    27 February 2018

    This brief mapping exercise identifies and analyses six migrant resource centres in the Arab States, providing important lessons for future initiatives to establish and run such centres.

  14. Infographic: Protecting Migrant Construction Workers in the Middle East

    21 February 2018

    In this exploratory paper we focus on good policies to protect migrant workers in the region, giving examples of what has ensured their protection elsewhere as well as the benefits this can bring to the sector.

  15. Exploratory study of good policies in the protection of construction workers in the Middle East

    20 February 2018

    Construction is one of the key sectors of the labour market in many parts of the Middle East, particularly the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, where the building of world-class sporting stadiums, educational institutions, museums and condominiums continues at a rapid pace.

  16. Media-Friendly Glossary on Migration: Middle East Edition

    27 November 2017

    The Media-Friendly Glossary on Migration – Middle East Edition details technical terminology relating to forced labour, human trafficking, displacement, refugees and labour migration, and proposes accurate and neutral alternatives to inflammatory and discriminatory terms commonly used. The glossary also provides a more complete and nuanced understanding of migration.

  17. Migrant workers in an irregular situation through no fault of their own: pathways and response options in the Arab States

    07 August 2017

    A migrant in an irregular situation or an undocumented migrant is someone who is not authorized to enter, stay or work in the country of destination. There are many pathways to an irregular situation in the Arab States, and migrants often have little control over the complex factors that determine their migration status. This short note on migrants in an irregular situation describes some of the common means through which migrant workers may end up in an irregular situation and proposes recommendations for governments in addressing this important issue.

  18. Employer-Migrant Worker Relationships in the Middle East: Exploring scope for internal labour market mobility and fair migration

    04 May 2017

    Reforming migrant worker visa-sponsorship schemes in the Middle East can benefit the economies of receiving countries as well as the migrant workers themselves.

  19. 10 Things Governments Can Do to Ensure Fair Recruitment

    02 May 2017

  20. Ways forward in recruitment of low-­skilled migrant workers in the Asia-­Arab states corridor

    06 September 2016

    This White Paper serves to further stimulate policy dialogue for fair migration in the countries of origin and destination in Asia the Arab States corridor