Tag: Migrant Workers

Homelessness among Migrant Workers on the Rise

Migrants and their families in Lebanon have been severely affected by the August 4 explosion. In addition to the people still missing, those who have been injured, and those who lost their lives, many have also lost their windows, walls, and valuable appliances. This effectively means that they lost their homes as most of them cannot afford any of the repairs required to make their homes livable again.

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Stop Illegal Evictions of Migrant Workers

Due to the worsening economic conditions, an unprecedented number of migrant workers have lost their sources of income and are no longer able to pay their rent. More and more landlords who are aware of the dire conditions that migrant workers live in, threaten them with evictions or actively evict them.

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No Ethical Contract Under Kafala

The Ministry of Labor is set to release an amended version of the Standard Unified Contract (SUC) which, in theory, intends to regulate the working relationship between migrant domestic workers and their sponsors (employers). However, the contract is only one piece of the Kafala system and, due to lack of any enforcement mechanism, it is arguably the least important piece.

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Prosecute Employers Who Abandon Domestic Workers Now!

More than 100 migrant workers of different nationalities have been abandoned by their employers or showed up at their consulate since the beginning of June 2020. The majority of these workers are Ethiopian due to the size of the Ethiopian community in Lebanon. The Ethiopian consulate failed to intervene and closed its doors to its own citizens.

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