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Report/Press release

Migrant Workers in Israel: A Contemporary Form of Slavery

Date

2003-08-25

Authors

Michael Ellman and Smain Laacher

Abstract

This report summarizes the findings of the mission sent by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) to carry out an enquiry into the situation of foreign workers in Israel. The mission was alarmed to find that, of approximately 300,000 foreign workers brought into Israel, mostly to replace Palestinian workers, more than 65% (over 200,000) are illegal. Many of the foreign workers begin by working legally, but then lose their jobs or change employers, thus losing their permits and becoming illegal workers.

Number of pages

51

Responsible institution

The Euro-Mediterranean Rights Network & The International Federation for Human Rights

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Economic sectors

General relevance - all sectors

Content types

Policy analysis and Current Policy

Geographical focuses

Israel

Languages

English