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Weekly News Report: February 22-28, 2021

Former domestic worker and community leader Lucy raising awareness on Lebanon's Kafala in Sierra Leone. Photo from BBC News

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.

Evacuation Updates

More Migrant Workers Evacuated [source is ARM]

One Sudanese man and 5 Nigerian women were evacuated last week with the support of This Is Lebanon and ARM.

Bangladeshi Embassy Announces Pending Court Cases Blocking Evacuation of 16 Workers [here]

The Bangladeshi embassy announced that 16 workers are facing pending court cases by sponsors blocking their travel, and urged them to hire lawyers in coordination with the embassy.

Updates on Vaccination Plan for Migrant Workers

Vaccination Plan still Underway between MoL and Consulates [here]

Caretaker minister of labor Lamia Yammine announced the ministry is still coordinating with consulates and embassies to devise the plan to vaccinate migrant workers.

Other

Report on Kafala by BBC [here]

A report by BBC News covered the awareness efforts on the situation of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon by Lucy, former Sierra Leonean community leader. The report also featured testimonies of different migrant domestic workers who escaped abuse and mistreatment at the employers’ houses, and the president of the syndicate of recruitment agencies who claimed that “the situation is not that bad at all” and that the majority of workers are happy with the employers.

Interview with Housing Monitor on Supporting Migrant Workers and Refugees [here]

In an interview with Le Commerce du Levant, a member of the Housing Monitor noted the exacerbation of the evictions and housing crisis among the migrant and refugee populations by the explosion of the Beirut port, adding that the crisis is not limited in Beirut but to the whole country.

Among the violations targeting the 2 groups of tenants is the act of confiscating their passports and/or papers by landlords in exchange for rent.