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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Domestic Workers
Qatar Qatar: Migrant workers still at risk of abuse despite reforms. Amnesty International . (12 December 2016)

The new law also does nothing to change the situation of the thousands of migrant domestic workers who are excluded from key labour protections in Qatari law.

By Shaw, Kurt.

"I started this project in Hong Kong because of my personal experience as a domestic worker myself for almost a decade," Cruz Bacani says in regard to the dozen images on display.

Nepal United Arab Emirates Nepalese domestic workers in UAE must apply for new visas after strict rules enforced. The National UAE . (10 December 2016)
By Ahmad, Anwar.

Nepalese housemaids will have to apply for new visas after their government introduced tougher rules on hiring designed to protect them from exploitation.

Bangladesh is hosting the Global Forum on Migration and Development on December 10-12, 2016, a meeting of governments to share best practices and collaborate on migration policy.

Nearly 75 per cent of domestic workers 15 and older are estimated to work in informal employment situations, according to a new study by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO), which calls for a combination of incentives and compliance to reduce high levels of informality in domestic work.

By Paul, Delia.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has found that three-quarters of all domestic workers are in informal arrangements, with the associated likelihood of poor working conditions. The UN agency anticipates a “care crisis” with high levels of support that will be needed as populations age and more women join the formal workforce.

By Yangchen, Lin.

The Filipino domestic worker was one of 44 who graduated on Sunday (Dec 4) from a pioneering course in eldercare run by Care Academy, in partnership with the Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (Fast). She was also among the four scholarship recipients.

Singapore Domestic workers discriminated against by employer feedback system The Independent . (2 December 2016)
By Wham, Jolovan.

Agencies interviewed in the article reported that most employers would not hire a domestic worker if they found out that such feedback had been given to the Ministry.

India Law to regulate working condition of domestic workers demanded. The Indian Express . (1 December 2016)
By PTI, .

Civil society organisations and trade unions under the banner of National Platform for Domestic Workers today demanded a comprehensive legislation to regulate their working condition and provisions for social security benefits.

The Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development has stopped 126 recruitment offices from recruiting domestic workers from the eight approved countries due to their violations of the regulations and rules of recruitment activities.