Today is #InternationalMigrantsDay and an opportunity to remember the hundreds of thousands of “helping hands” for Lebanese families for whom 2020 was very challenging as well. Read Ralph Tarraf’s (Ambassador of the European Union to Lebanon) op-ed in the @DailyStarLeb
Charities have been helping to repatriate stranded domestic workers, but thousands are still waiting to return home
A group of Sierra Leonean returnee women is raising awareness on ‘slavish’ working conditions they experienced when working in Lebanon under the ‘Kafala’ system
SPACES OF LABOR (PRE-ORDER) Spaces of Labor is an examination of the way the capitalist exploitation of racialized and gendered workers uses space as a means to enforce itself and, in turn, how these same workers appropriate this space in their forms of resistance. Some of the issue’s contributions come from laborers themselve. The Ibis Paris Batignolles […]
BEIRUT: The Ethiopian Consul General to Lebanon Tuesday urged the Lebanese government to improve the rights for domestic migrant workers in Lebanon.
As a series of compounding crises propel hundreds of thousands of Lebanese into poverty, refugees and migrant workers in the country—more than a fourth of Lebanon’s population of nearly seven million—confront even starker challenges. In addition to discrimination and a lack of legal protections, they face harsh competition over limited jobs and resources.
It is time to abolish the Kafala employment system, a legal employment framework and hostile immigration system that effectively ties a worker’s legal status to their employer.
When speaking on municipalism in Lebanon, Beirut Madinati often comes to the fore as the model of grassroots organizing. Beirut Madinati came to fruition in the aftermath of mass protests against the garbage crisis of 2015 that saw the collapse of the waste management infrastructure at the hands of corrupt politicians. The campaign carried the calls of the You Stink protesters and established an electoral campaign to run in the municipal elections of 2016. The campaign was composed of academics, activists, and professionals who sought to unseat the entrenched municipal officials in Beirut.
For many years, domestic workers in Lebanon have had an up-close-and-personal experience with a faulty system that the country’s economic collapse has now laid bare
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