This paper examines migrant domestic labor in the Middle East, with an emphasis on Lebanon as a case study. Lebanon has caught the spotlight for mistreating women migrant domestic workers in the Middle East, and this research focuses on the different factors that contribute to that mistreatment. The paper is divided into three parts, each part deals with a specific factor that contributes to the continued exploitation and mistreatment of this group of women. Part I deals with the migration process as a whole, and how this process itself is contributing to their ill-treatment. Part II relates to both the kafala system and recruitment agencies in Lebanon, and Part III looks at the relationship between Lebanese employer and domestic worker in the household, and further delves into how these women deal with the day to day demands of living in Lebanon.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.