About

Migrant-Rights.org is an advocacy organization that aims to advance the rights of migrant workers in the Middle East.

Our Aim

Forming nearly 85% of the population in some countries, expatriate workers are critical to the fabric of our societies and to our successful economic development. The majority of migrant workers are 'temporary,' and low-income laborers involved in construction or agriculture, or drivers and domestic workers. These individuals are the drivers of our economies, as well as our households. Yet they are undervalued, ignored, exploited and denied their most basic human rights. Labor and comprehensive rights’ protections for migrant workers are lacking or unenforced, rendering migrants vulnerable to conditions likened to modern day slavery.

Migrant workers are the “invisible majority" in GCC states. Despite systematic exploitation, both media and government often marginalize or discredit their experiences. Instead, our local narratives often attempt to scapegoat migrants for crimes, public health issues, and unemployment.

Thus, our first task is to break the silence by challenging these narratives, exposing endemic abuses, and amplifying the voices of migrant workers.

We also aim to effectively advocate with governments both in the Gulf and in origin countries,  to reform employment and residency laws and to extend legal protections to all migrant workers and their families. Our campaigns and op-eds advance policy critiques and proposals with expatriates' access social justice in mind.

Migrant-Rights.org also provides up-to-date, informative resources for migrant workers, advocates, citizens, employers and media professionals.

Migrant-Rights.org is a platform for all supporters of this cause and we invite you to join us.

Advancing the rights of migrant workers throughout the Middle East