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28 Sep 2015

Exploratory Study on Foreign Domestic Work in Syria

The term 'feminization of international migration' has been used to describe the recent increase in women's independent migration, especially as labourers. Women's migration, in order to work in the informal sector, including as domestic workers, has shaped this recent trend. There is, however, very little research on this trend, especially in the Middle East. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) attempts to begin to fill this gap in information with an exploratory study of the profile, legal standing, recruitment and migration trends, working and living conditions and services available to these migrant labourers. Through a literature review, interviews with embassies, manpower agencies and organizations working with foreign domestic workers, as well as in a survey of the workers themselves, this report provides a beginning point towards an understanding of the situation of foreign domestic workers in Syria.

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Methodology
  • Literature Review
  • Foreign Domestic Workers and Syrian Laws
  • Profile of Foreign Domestic Workers
  • Migration Reasons and Routes
  • Syrian Manpower Agencies
  • Work and Living Conditions
  • Services Available and Accessed
  • Services Requested
  • Conclusion and Recommendations
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography