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Spring 2022

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Jordan: Geopolitics, International Relations, and the Future of the Middle East


The purpose of this study is to bring attention to the labor conditions for migrant women domestic workers and what agency they have in the workplace (the home of their employers) and the law in Jordan. Jordan is considered as having a model labor law for migrant workers in the region. Officials from the Ministry of Labor have claimed that this makes the Kafala System––a system of labor that puts migrant workers under the care, standards, and control of the employer––non-existent in the country. This study will look further on the extent that this is reflected to the experiences of many migrant domestic workers. It will also cover how Jordan’s laws regarding migrant workers’ rights have been formed and shaped by diplomatic engagement and pressures from migrant worker sending countries.


Immigration Law | Labor and Employment Law | Migration Studies | Near and Middle Eastern Studies | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Women's Studies


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