Extending social protection to migrant workers in Gulf countries: state of play and next steps for reform

Globally, migrant workers often face multiple challenges and barriers in accessing social protection. Despite international social security standards, in reality, discriminatory legislation, insufficient monitoring and enforcement, and practical barriers, leave many migrants with low social protection coverage. The challenges of extending social protection to migrant workers are also present in the countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC). This online event explored social protection for migrant workers in the Gulf countries, sharing new insights on current legal provisions, recent trends and possible avenues for progressive reform.

The event was hosted by ODI, in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO)’s Regional Office for Arab States and with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). It builds on ODI’s work with ILO on the project Extending Social Protection to Migrant Workers: Exploratory Research and Policy Dialogue in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries.