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Weekly News Report: June 21-27, 2021

Ethiopian nationals receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Photo from Ethiopian consulate

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Articles and views shared in the Weekly News Report do not necessarily 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 Impact of Fuel Crisis on Migrant Workers of Gas Stations [here]

An article by Arab News reported the effects of the fuel shortage on migrant employees working at gas stations in Lebanon which included threats, physical assault and verbal abuse by customers. In addition, their salaries are severely impacted due to the ongoing crisis amid a growing demand to be evacuated to their countries.

Awareness Campaign on Kafala and Migrant Women’s Experiences [here] and [here]

An awareness campaign was launched by the Slow Factory and photojournalist Aline Deschamps about the Kafala system and the different ways it enables abuse and exploitation of migrant domestic workers.

Ethiopian Consulate Launches Vaccination Drive [here]

The Ethiopian consulate in Lebanon started vaccinating Ethiopian nationals on June 23 in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Lebanese government.

Beirut among Most Expensive Cities for Migrant and Foreign Workers [here]

Beirut came in third place in a study mapping the increase in living costs, among the most expensive cities for migrant and foreign workers, mainly due to the impact of the pandemic and the port blast on the economy.

Campaign for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon [here]

A new campaign was launched by Access Center for Human Rights to shed light on the situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the violations of their rights, through providing recommendations to improve the Lebanese government’s treatment of refugees.

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