Migrant Workers in Lebanon

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A man sells uniforms for domestic workers in Hamra, an area of Beirut, for less than $15. There are over 200,000 migrant workers in Lebanon, many of whom are women working in Lebanese households. One of the main issues with the rights of migrant workers in Lebanon is that their status is tied to their sponsor under the "kefala system." Migrant domestic workers are severely limited within Lebanon - they cannot travel, switch employment, leave or enter the country without the permission of their sponsor - particularly because their documents are almost always confiscated and held by their sponsor. This leaves many vulnerable, as they have to rely on their sponsors to take care of their welfare.

Photos by Omar Alkalouti
Text by Melissa Tabeek

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