Invisible victims in Lebanon

Migrant workers in Lebanon are forced to cope with constrained conditions and little judicial support from the state.

Beirut, Lebanon – Lebanon is home to 1.2m foreign migrant workers out of which the domestic migrant worker (DMW) population is estimated at 400,000 and almost all female. The incremental growth in domestic workers has been due to a combination of Lebanese views on social status and feminism where household chores are viewed as lowly and unworthy of middle and upper middle class wives. As these female domestic maids live in the houses of employers, they have inevitably become the most vulnerable demographic amongst foreign workers, invisible to the outside world and perceptible to abuse.

English | December 2, 2011

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