Various attempts to dismantle Lebanon’s heavily criticized domestic worker sponsorship program have failed over the years, and now, new research shows that some in Lebanon benefit financially from the system, leaving little impetus for a corrupt ruling elite to abolish it.
Migrant domestic workers hold placards and chant slogans during a parade to support the rights of migrant domestic workers, on May Day in downtown Beirut, Lebanon May 1, 2016. (Reuters)
Migrant domestic workers dance during a rally to mark International Domestic Workers Day, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, June 24, 2018. The protesters are demanding that the Kafala, or sponsorship law, be abolished, and called for better treatment. The Kafala system ties workers to their employers whose consent is needed for renewal of residency permits, changing jobs or for workers to return home. (File photo: AP)
Low wages become smaller
Ethiopian domestic workers wearing masks stand with their belongings in front of the Ethiopian consulate in Hazmiyeh, Lebanon, June 8, 2020. (Reuters)