Decent Work for Migrants in the Middle East

This program contributes to decent work opportunities for migrants and refugees in the Middle East which is one of the largest migrant hosting regions globally due to economic demands and displacement from conflict. It complements the focus on Asian migrants with migrants from Africa and seek closer partnership with the private sector. Due to its relevant expertise and experience in decent work and fair recruitment, Switzerland is well placed to contribute to an improved protection and an enhanced wellbeing of migrant workers and self-reliance for refugees, to maximize the productive potential of migration, and to counter irregular and unsafe migration.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Países árabes y Europa
Emploi & développement économique
Développement de petites et moyennes entreprises
Travailleurs migrants
Transferts de fonds
Migration en général (développement et partenariats)
15.07.2019 - 31.10.2024
CHF  9’000’000
Contexte Migration to the Middle East is undergoing change. Increasing number of migrant workers originate from Africa, demand for migrant domestic workers (mainly women) is surging, and large-scale infrastructure projects are dwindling as a result of economic transformation, which will lead to a decrease of blue-collar worker in the region. Addressing forced displacement, which is becoming increasingly protracted and confronted with funding shortfalls, requires long-term approaches that enhance self-reliance and durable solutions alongside protection interventions.  
Objectifs The overall objective of the program is to enhance the productive potential of labor migration and the wellbeing of migrant and refugee workers through improved labor migration regulations and processes as well as targeted services.
Groupes cibles

Migrant and refugee workers in low-skilled occupations (domestic work, construction, service sector, garment sector, etc.) in the Middle East.

National governments and regional inter-governmental bodies (Abu Dhabi Dialogue, UN Working Group on Migration in Arab States)

Private sector, social enterprises employers and business associations, individual employers

Civil society organizations, research institutes and think-tanks

Effets à moyen terme

Outcome 1: National and regional-level initiatives strengthen labor migration governance along key migration corridors with Asia and Africa.

Outcome 2: Women and men migrant and refugee workers are enabled to sustain the social and economic benefits of safe and regular migration

Outcome 3: Private sector actors and employers make targeted efforts to improve work conditions for migrant and refugee workers in low skilled sectors.


Principaux résultats attendus:  

High quality data and research on migration and development in the Middle East is produced

National, regional and interregional dialogues and initiatives contribute to increased collaboration and monitoring of international commitments

Skilling (vocational, language, IT) opportunities are provided to migrant workers and digital financial services for remittance transfers are available

Private sector actors participate in initiatives that address migration challenges and harness the benefits of migration.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

Significant policy reforms have been adopted across the region, which underscores a dynamic environment and continued improvements to the governance of labor migration. 

SDC has an exceptionally strong profile as the main bilateral donor on migration & development in the region. This provides opportunities for leverage in- and outside the Middle East.

African migration to the Middle East is on the increase. Maintaining of existing protection levels for workers and experience-sharing with Asian sending countries will be key.

SDC’s protection focus remains central; but a complementary engagement on harnessing the benefits of migration will improve its programmatic impact. 

Businesses and employers can be important allies that share SDC objectives. Closer ties with the private sector going forward will strengthen the alliance for policy reform.   

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
ONG internationale ou étrangère
Secteur privé
Institution étatique étrangère
Organisme des Nations Unies (ONU)
  • Organisation internationale du travail
  • Organisation internationale des migrations
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • Other UN Organisation
  • Secteur privé étranger Nord
  • Secteur privé suisse
  • Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs


SDC/CEP, SEM, HSD, Embassies of Switzerland in the Gulf

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    9’000’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    8’853’781 Budget de l'Organisation CHF   -1 Projet total depuis la première phase Budget de la Suisse CHF   14’830’000 Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF   23’830’000
Phases du projet Phase 4 01.10.2023 - 30.09.2027   (Phase en cours) Phase 3 15.07.2019 - 31.10.2024   (Phase en cours) Phase 2 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2019   (Completed) Phase 1 01.05.2012 - 31.07.2015   (Completed)