Archive for May, 2016

‘Exploitation and Abuse of Migrant Domestic Workers in Saudi Arabia – A Lesson for Viet Nam’: The latest Blog

We have published the latest blog, ‘Exploitation and Abuse of Migrant Domestic Workers in Saudi Arabia: A Lesson for Viet Nam’:

In this piece, Kylie Luu from UN-ACT’s Regional Management Office discusses the Agreement of Manpower Cooperation between Viet Nam and Saudi Arabia signed in late 2014 and the general conditions for migrant workers – especially domestic helpers – in the latter. Factors such as gender inequality, the kafala system, ‘live-in’ arrangements and the use of irregular recruitment mechanisms including social media platforms contribute to migrant workers’ vulnerabilities to abuse and exploitation. With numbers of Vietnamese going to Saudi Arabia expected to increase as a result of the new agreement, the Vietnamese authorities need to prepare their citizens for life and work in the country, including for potential problems and opportunities to access assistance. Kylie also suggests that the government may want to join other important sending countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines, and advocate for structural changes to the kafala system and broader labour conditions in Saudi Arabia.

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UN-ACT April 2016 Newsletter

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