Project: Labor Migration and Human Trafficking in Jordan
In an effort to spread awareness on human trafficking, students of the Central European University, School of Public Policy, produced two infographics on the topic. Click on each of the infographics below to view the full content.
Our partner Tamkeen for legal Aid and Human Rights has published numerous studies and articles on migrant workers in Jordan, about their legal status and their rights and entitlements in the country. During the global outbreak of the novel Corona virus, Tamkeen quickly assessed the situation and published a series called “Under Curfew” that emphasizes the individual legal and socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 on women, workers and migrant workers.
Is there anything to laugh about migrant workers being exploited or mistreated? Surely not, so why does a group of creative writers and caricaturists openly publish satirical articles and caricatures on the fate of migrant workers in Jordan and the region?
When we, hbs Palestine and Jordan, started to promote organizations supporting migrant workers and the elimination of human trafficking, we noticed that both topics have scarcely been tackled in mainstream media. Although scientific research papers and political analyses do regularly cover the crucial issue of migrant workers in the region, public awareness on the topic remains low, mainly because people rarely read these papers. This is why we approached the creative team at Al-Hudood to potentially work on this topic. Following our discussion, their team came up with many great ideas that were ready to come to life. With satirical publications that are for sure much different from typical media content, we hope to sensitize the readers to the concerns of migrant workers, including cases of abuse, and to spark further social discussion on the topic in Jordan and beyond.
Curious? Check the links on the right-hand side to read Al Hudood’s satirical articles or click here to take part in their satirical interactive quiz on migrant workers (all content is in Arabic only)
Al-Hudood (Arabic for The Limits or The Borders) is an award-winning satirical Arabic news publication founded July 2013. It uses its satirical news website as its main platform. Additionally, since early 2019 it has been issuing a monthly satirical newspaper. Both contain publications on current affairs in politics and society in Jordan and the region. All articles and caricatures are based on satire and humor.
In cooperation with hbs, Amman-based Radio al Balad launched their new radio program called Mahatat Masr (Egypt Station). According to the motto “By Egyptians for Egyptians”, Egyptian media students produced and narrated the radio program over a period of 8 weeks with each show focusing on Egyptian labor migrants residing in Jordan and their daily struggle to make a living. During the phone-in shows, Egyptian laborers got the possibility to call, tell their stories, share their concerns, or raise questions.
If you have missed the shows of Mahatat Masr on radio, you can watch the broadcasts by clicking on the links on the right-hand side (all content is in Arabic only).
Recorded Radio Shows
In a collaboration between Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung - Palestine and Jordan and students of the Central European University, School of Public Policy, four short videos were produced which aim to increase awareness about labor migration and the existence of human trafficking in Jordan.
What is Human Trafficking? Through interviews, experts shed light on the definition of this crime and how it can be identified
“Concealed Reality”: This short video aims to raise awareness of the precarious living and working conditions of migrant workers residing in Jordan and the violations of their rights
Report of a Trafficked Person: Human Trafficking can affect anyone and anywhere. A Ugandan woman shares her story
Opinion poll: How Known is the meaning of Human Trafficking and its existance in Jordan?