Institute for Migration Studies
Philippine Diaspora Governance Talk at LAU’s Department of Social Sciences and Institute of Migration Studies
The Lebanese American University (LAU)’s Department of Social Sciences in collaboration with the Institute of Migration Studies hosted Mr. Froilan T. Malit, Jr., a GCC migration policy researcher at American University of Sharjah. During his presentation, Mr. Froilan highlighted how and why labor-sending countries like the Philippines found it challenging to extend labor protection to their labor diasporas—particularly domestic workers—living and working in Kuwait and Qatar. He pointed out the critical roles of policy misalignment and limited coordination between labor-sending and receiving countries that severely impacted the rights and welfare of migrant labor. On the sending diaspora level, Mr. Malit added that the lack of staff capacity and resources within embassies and consulates in the receiving countries often placed serious constraints on authorities in addressing labor diaspora cases. His overall academic discussion highlighted the need for governments and international organizations to coordinate more closely to better understand the opportunities, constraints and challenges in managing temporary labor migration in the GCC region in the long run.
- This conference on the Syrian Refugee Crisis was held on March 27-28, 2015. While emphasizing their own commitment to helping the displaced Syrian population, speakers from Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Kurdistan Regional Government, Turkey and Germany, as well as representatives from the UN Relief and Works Agency called for greater involvement from the international community.
- This conference was held from May 24-26 in 2007, to examine politics and culture of Lebanese migrants and their descendants in different parts of the world. Scholars and researchers were invited to examine communal, national and transnational elements of these practices and to explore changing characteristics of politics and culture in respect to migration, Diaspora and globalization.
- LAU’s Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World, Institute for Migration Studies and KAFA helped launch the following two studies on March 30, 2011: “Trafficking of Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon: A Legal Analysis” by Kathleen Hamill, and “An Exploratory Study of Psychoanalytic and Social Factors in the Abuse of Migrant Domestic Workers by Female Employers in Lebanon” by Dr. Ray Jureidini (LAU).
- A conference has already been held in Germany, with the collaboration of the Institute for Migration Studies and the Johannes Gutenberg University from the 19th to the 22nd of May 2011 on the numerous publications which address Palestinian, Lebanese, and Syrian migration flows since 1870 in which numerous groups have settled in various countries around the world.
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- Seminar on Emigrants’ Contribution to National Development
Held on the 2nd of November, 2011 at the Pyramid’s Hall in Corral Beach, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants sponsored the seminar in order to evaluate emigrants’ contribution to Lebanese national development. Dr. Adnan Mansour, Minister of Foreign Affairs, attended the seminar that went from 11a.m. - 12:30p.m. and heard Dr. Paul Tabar’s presentation entitled, “Emigrants contribution to public activities and development in Lebanon” as well as Dr. Marwan Iskandar’s presentation entitled, “Success of Lebanese abroad and their role in internal development.” The lectures were followed by open discussions between the two speakers and the audience.