Lebanon case study: migrant domestic workers and the 2006 crisis

Research reports and studies
May 2017
Dina Mansour-Ille and Maegan Hendow

This case study on migrant domestic workers (MDWs) in Lebanon has been conducted for the EU-funded project ‘Migrants in Countries in Crisis: Supporting an Evidence-Based Approach for Effective and Cooperative State Action’. Six case studies have been prepared for this project to provide detailed information on the long-term impacts of crises on migrants. For this case study, the authors adopted a two-pronged approach. First, they examined the impact of the July-August 2006 war on MDWs in the country at the time to analyse how domestic workers and other relevant governmental and civil society actors responded to MDWs’ needs and lessons learned as a result of this crisis.

However, MDWs themselves do not identify the 2006 war as a significant crisis for them. Furthermore, Lebanon is currently in the midst of dealing with a humanitarian crisis due to the large number of Syrian refugees they are now hosting – some of whom have entered into domestic work. As a second line of enquiry, the authors analysed the significance of ‘everyday crises’ in reference to acute humanitarian crises, where inequalities and abuse experienced by MDWs in the country can become exacerbated during crisis situations.