Migrant workers in Lebanon

Project description

The research project aimed at improving our understanding of the political, economic, social and cultural implications of foreign labour’s presence in Lebanon.
Based on an in-depth analysis of the situation, the findings identify the shortcomings of the current social and employment policies and contribute to design evidence-based policies and regulations of the Lebanese labour market that would comply with the international standards. The study will take into consideration a wide array of variables among which: the relations between Lebanese nationals and foreign labour whether regular or irregular, labour regulations and social policies, the debate surrounding the possibility of permanent dependency on foreign labour, possible demands for new, community-based, cultural, religious and linguistic organisations in Lebanon, the setting up of education and training facilities to accommodate the needs of foreign labour; the economic effects of financial outflows via remittances; the regulation of recruitment and placements agencies; the increased welfare and security requirements.


First name Last name Gender Rank Affiliated Institution Country
Elisabeth Longuenesse Female Researcher France

Bio: French sociologist, researcher at CNRS, member of Printemps laboratory at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines and associate researcher at the Institut français du Proche-Orient in Beirut-Damascus-Amman.
E.L. has been working for several decades on Middle Eastern Societies. She headed the Department for Contemporary Studies at the Institut français du Proche-Orient in Beirut-Damascus-Amman.
Her main research interests concern work, labor and professions, labor migrations and professional circulations, in the Middle East and on a global level. She studies the place and role of different categories of workers, employees, and professionnals in society, as well as the legal and symbolic status of different types of work and knowledge, or labor and professional solidarities, in a comparative perspective.

Paul Tabar Male Lebanese American University Lebanon

Bio: Dr. Paul Tabar is a professor of sociology and anthropology at LAU Beirut. He is the chair of the Department of Humanities and the acting associate chair of the Department of Social Sciences. He is also the director of LAU’s Institute for Migration Studies. He is an adjunct fellow at the Centre for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney
His research interests include: Migration, Diasporic relations, multiculturalism, racism, home-grown terrorism, and the Lebanese state and society.



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Sociology & Anthropology

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