Migrant workers join hands for a better life

Workers in Jordan and Lebanon, who come mainly from South Asian nations, overcome adversity to help themselves.

Every year the International Labour Organisation and the international community mark International Migration Day on December 18, the day the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families was adopted in 1990. 

This year the ILO Regional Office for the Arab States Migration and Governance Network (MAGNET), shed light on how migrant workers cook, compete, worship, organise and learn from each other to better their lives and lobby for their rights in Lebanon and Jordan.

Throughout the Arab region, migrant workers suffer from a dearth of fundamental rights at work, including the right to a day off once a week. As a result, many migrants in the region rarely leave their place of work or have the opportunity to meet with fellow workers from their countries.

In this photo reportage, the ILO gives voice to the inspiring women and men who, despite the odds, have come together to create informal organisations and support networks. These workers choose to use their only day off to assist their fellow migrants in realising their right to decent work wherever they may live and work. 

*The full names of the workers in this photo story have not been revealed at their request.