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Thu, Jul 28, 2011
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Running in Circles: Progress and Challenges in Regulating Recruitment of Filipino and Sri Lankan Labor Migrants to Jordan



Thursday, July 28, 2011
10:00 to 11:30 am
9:30 am - reception/breakfast


The University of Jordan - Faculty of International Studies
Queen Rania St.
Amman, Jordan 11942

Please note this event is not in Washington, DC, but in Amman, Jordan.



Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias, Policy Analyst, MPI and Regional Research Officer, International Organization for Migration

His Excellency, Dr. Khleif Al Khawaldeh, Secretary General, Ministry of Labour in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Linda Al-Kalash, Programs Manager, Tamkeen Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights

His Excellency Julius D. Torres, Ambassador, Embassy of the Philippines in Amman, Jordan

His Excellency A.W Mohottala, Ambassador,  Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Amman, Jordan

Tauhid Pasha, Program Manager, International Organization for Migration

Unskilled and semi-skilled migrant workers from the Arab region have been filling labor shortages in Jordan for decades, shaping its labor market and sustaining its economy. However, non-Arab migrants from Asia have increased in Jordan in recent years, with a significant proportion of this new migration flow coming from Sri Lanka and the Philippines. A look at the three countries’ regulatory systems suggests that each country has developed a comprehensive set of laws and guidelines regarding their recruitment. Still, despite these legal protections, Sri Lankan and Filipino workers migrating to Jordan remain vulnerable to abuse and exploitation suggesting that there are still gaps in the current system, which unscrupulous recruiters and employers are more than willing to exploit.

Please join the Migration Policy Institute and the International Organization for Migration to discuss these critical issues and MPI's new report, Running in Circles: Progress and Challenges in Regulating Recruitment of Filipino and Sri Lankan Labor Migrants to Jordan, which addresses the progress, challenges and potential solutions surrounding recruitment of Filipinos and Sri Lankans to Jordan.

Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias,the report's author, will present key findings of the report while discussants will reflect on their experiences and share their insights.

Deliberations in English with Arabic Translation.

For any questions or TO RSVP - PLEASE EMAIL mabedalsattar@iom.int or call: +962 6 562 50 80 - Ext: 623.