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Weekly News Report: November 30 - December 6, 2020

Photo from Egna Legna Besidet

Articles and views shared in the Weekly News Report do not represent ARM’s views. Information in these articles has not been fact-checked by ARM and may contain some errors. ARM is simply compiling all news relevant to migrant communities to inform our advocacy efforts and to facilitate the work of organizations who cater to migrant communities.

Report on Profits from Kafala by Triangle [here]

A report on the Kafala system in Lebanon by Triangle research center detailed the profits generated in both the private and public sectors, namely by recruitment agencies, General Security and notaries.

New Lawyer Appointed to Assist Stranded Ethiopian Workers [here] and [here]

Egna Legna Besidet hired a new lawyer to work on solving the obstacles facing Ethiopian domestic workers who want to travel home, such as wage theft and false accusations by employers of theft. The lawyer met with the Ethiopian consul last week.

Egna Legna Calls for Volunteers [here]

Egna Legna Besidet announced a call for volunteers to join their relief campaign for migrant domestic workers.

Ethiopian Worker Receives Full Unpaid Salary [here]

The Ethiopian consulate announced they successfully supported an Ethiopian domestic worker in retrieving her unpaid salary of worth 3,836 USD for 19 months before traveling to Ethiopia.

Head of Money Exchange Agency Called in for Refusing to Transfer a Migrant Worker’s Salary [here]

The head of a money exchange agency was summoned for interrogation for a lawsuit for failing to transfer the salary of a migrant domestic worker after refusing to accept USD from the Central Bank.

Report on Mental Health of Migrant Workers by Thomas Reuters Foundation [here]

An article by Thomas Reuters Foundation reported the increasing requests for psychological support among migrant communities in Lebanon in the past few months following the lockdown and explosion. Support is reported to be needed mainly for severe cases including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and panic attacks, often requiring hospitalization.