Friday, 2 March 2012

New System for FDW in Lebanon Recommended

KAFA proposes draft law to replace ‘kafala’ system for migrant workers

February 25, 2012 By Olivia Alabaster
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News ::

BEIRUT: A draft proposal to replace the sponsorship system for migrant domestic workers in Lebanon was introduced by the rights organization KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation Friday, with outgoing Labor Minister Charbel Nahhas giving his full support to the initiative.The comprehensive policy paper outlines the main problems arising from the sponsorship, or “kafala,” system, and suggests recommendations for how the entire process, introduced in the 1946 legal code, could be revamped.

Removal of the sponsorship system – which ties a migrant domestic worker’s residence permit to one specific employer or sponsor in Lebanon – would allow for increased rights for the country’s some 200,000 migrant domestic workers, as well as a better situation for their employers, the report, funded by the Norwegian Embassy, argues.

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