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$2.5m project to improve labour migration governance in Middle East

By JT - Dec 17,2012 - Last updated at Dec 17,2012

AMMAN — The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has launched a $2.5 million project to improve labour migration governance and protection of migrant workers in the Middle East, an ILO statement said on Monday.

The two-year project, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, “targets policy reform on labour migration”, seeking to strengthen service delivery to migrant workers and improve the response to cases of forced labour and trafficking, the statement said.

Within the project, “the ILO will engage governments, workers, employers, law enforcement officials, labour attaches and other stakeholders to secure better working conditions for foreign workers in the Middle East”.

The outcomes include “legal reforms, improved data collection, enhanced policy making and partnerships with sending countries”, according to the statement. 

“As part of the project, the ILO will support tripartite partners to address the shortcomings of the Kafala or sponsorship system — which currently governs migration in most Arab countries,” the statement said. 

“In addition, a Migration and Governance Network will bring together leading Arab researchers and academic institutions to develop a research platform and database to inform policy formulation on migrant working and living conditions,” according to the ILO.

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