Siria - Migrant domestic workers at risk (2011)

In February a new law, the Regulation of Private Employment Agency for Non-Syrian Domestic Helpers, Conditions and Rules of their Employments in Syria was introduced, regulating more closely migrant worker agencies. It also limited the time a foreign domestic worker can work in Syria to three years and set out requirements such as an adequate salary and proper method of payment, social security coverage, suitable working conditions, annual leave, clothing, food, medicine, standard working contracts and other entitlements and benefits. The law additionally put the responsibility for providing a safe working environment onto the agency. However, there remain illegal recruiters hiring migrants, primarily Filipinos, as domestic staff.

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