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Meneshachin scoping study: A global synthesis and analysis of responsible recruitment initiatives targeting low-wage, migrant workers
Publications
31 May 2020

This review was conducted as a “scoping study” of two distinct areas of recruitment policy and programming: (1) current government policies and initiatives to improve recruitment standards for low-wage migrant workers; and (2) current non-governmental models, focusing on initiatives that...

Covid-19: Garment Worker Perspectives
Publications
01 May 2020

The coronavirus pandemic and resulting government actions to stem the spread of the virus have severely changed the way people across the world work and live. For Jordan’s garment sector, the national curfew and shutdown of business activity forced factories...

The Other Migrant Crisis – Protecting Migrant Workers against Exploitation in the Middle East and North Africa
Publications
09 March 2020

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region continues to host groups highly vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation. Migrant workers, particularly domestic workers, are known to be among those who are most at risk. While the region is confronted by...

Lived Experience of Migrant Women: Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait
Publications
03 November 2019

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...

One year to Expo 2020: A Snapshot of UAE Construction Sector and Risks to Vulnerable Workers
Publications
19 October 2019

The Expo 2020 will see an estimated 25 million people visit Dubai as the UAE showcases itself to the world. Yet 12 months ahead of the Expo’s launch, migrant workers on UAE construction sites continue to suffer exploitation and abuse – from heat stress...

All Work, No Pay: The Struggle of Qatar’s Migrant Workers for Justice
Publications
05 September 2019

Ever since Qatar was awarded the right to hold the 2022 World Cup, the treatment of around 2 million migrant workers driving the country’s economy has been under the spotlight. Burdened by the debt of recruitment fees and bound by...

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