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ILO works to protect African migrants’ rights

Addis Ababa, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) The International Labor Organization (ILO) promotes dialogue between the States of Africa and the Middle East to protect the labor rights of African migrants in that region, it was reported on Thursday.

We want to organize a platform early next year for the countries of the two regions to exchange approaches and establish standards that guarantee stable and decent jobs for those who migrate, the director of the ILO-Ethiopia Office, Alexio Musindo, stressed.

Often, he explained, many citizens find temporary, poorly paid, and unprotected jobs, which places them in situations of great vulnerability, and this must be resolved with collegiate regulations.

For example, women take up almost all the offers, sometimes illegal, to care for the elderly or children and perform domestic tasks, and they are very often victims of abuse and exploitation in Middle Eastern countries, he added.

Nearly all IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority for East African Development) member States have workers in Gulf nations and some are relatively well off, but many live in poor conditions, Musindo told Fana Broadcasting Corporate in an interview.

Establishing the platform will help protect migrants, starting with the promotion of safe migration. I think this is a beautiful idea at the continental level because it would help

Africa to unite, he considered.

According to the ILO office, the Middle East countries have become important destinations for workers from African nations, especially from Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda.


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