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Lebanese economic crisis imperils migrant domestic workers

As Lebanon struggles with its worst economic crisis in decades, the fate of thousands of migrant domestic workers in the country hangs in balance.
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The future of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon is in jeopardy as the economic crisis worsens and the Lebanese pound continues its record depreciation, making it difficult for employers to pay their staff.

Lebanon was host to an estimated 250,000 migrant domestic workers prior to the economic crisis that started to shape in October 2019, most of whom are women from African and southeast Asian countries. Many of them have flown back home over the past year, but others have struggled to leave the country. Some have been left at their embassies’ doors by their employers.

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