Some facts and figures
Various institutional sources estimate the number of Migrant Domestic Workers (MDWs) in Lebanon between 150,000 and 220,000 in an overall workforce of 1.4 million. Estimates are based on the number of new and renewed work permits issued by the Ministry of Labor every year. This number excludes WMDWs who entered the country illegally, those whose permits have expired and have not been renewed, those who are working with tourist visas, and those who are unemployed. The following are data provided by the Ministry of Labour’s Statistics Division for the years 2011-2012 (as at May 07, 2012).

Table 1. Work Permits for Migrant Domestic Workers (2011-2012)

Country of Origin

2011

2012

Total

Ethiopia

21843

11465

33308

Uruguay

4

1

5

Eritrea

27

2

29

Ireland

0

1

1

Spain

0

1

1

Central African Republic

1

0

1

Indonesia

5

2

7

Pakistan

5

1

6

Panama

0

1

1

Bangladesh

13399

4305

17704

Benin

50

20

70

Burkina Faso

188

116

304

Thailand

2

1

3

Turkey

2

1

3

Togo

363

131

494

Zimbabwe

1

0

1

Holy See

0

1

1

Sri Lanka

2802

553

3355

Senegal

87

30

117

Sudan

13

7

20

Syrian Arab Republic

2

0

2

Sierra Leone

2

0

2

Côte d'Ivoire

156

7

163

Somalia

1

0

1

China

1

0

1

Gambia

8

1

9

Ghana

288

95

383

Guinea-Bissau

2

0

2

Guinea

5

2

7

Palestine

0

1

1

Viet Nam

29

13

42

Philippines

4962

1556

6518

Cameroon

289

180

469

Colombia

3

2

5

Congo

11

5

16

Kenya

914

370

1284

Liberia

14

4

19

Mali

37

11

48

Madagascar

27

9

36

Egypt

3

1

4

Morocco

0

1

1

Mauritania

1

0

1

Mauritius

5

1

6

Nepal

1086

37

1123

Niger

0

1

1

Nigeria

113

48

161

India

15

6

21

Total

46766

18990

65756

 

Table 2. Renewed Work Permits for Migrant Domestic Workers (2011-2012)

Country of Origin

2011

2012

Total

Ethiopia

23680

9700

33380

Uruguay

1

1

2

Eritrea

201

71

272

Ecuador

8

2

10

Albania

1

1

2

Indonesia

20

13

33

Pakistan

10

3

13

Panama

2

1

3

Bangladesh

18942

7196

26138

Bahamas

2

0

2

Brazil

5

2

7

Benin

152

48

200

Burkina Faso

110

58

168

Thailand

7

2

9

Turkey

10

2

12

Chile

1

0

1

Togo

330

163

493

Tunisia

2

0

2

Algeria

2

1

3

Romania

1

0

1

Zimbabwe

0

1

1

Sri Lanka

9829

3349

13178

Senegal

242

107

349

Swaziland

1

0

1

Sudan

34

10

44

Syrian Arab Republic

3

2

5

Sierra Leone

17

5

22

Seychelles

11

4

15

Côte d'Ivoire

692

203

895

Somalia

10

0

10

China

0

1

1

Iraq

2

0

2

Gambia

1

4

16

Ghana

76

57

133

Guinea-Bissau

3

0

3

Guinea

15

5

20

France

1

1

2

Palestine

3

0

3

Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of 

1

0

1

Viet Nam

139

37

176

Fiji

2

0

2

Philippines

23250

7314

30564

Cyprus

1

0

1

Cameroon

317

131

448

Canada

1

0

1

Colombia

8

3

11

Congo

30

9

39

Kenya

83

136

219

Liberia

17

7

24

Mali

11

16

27

Madagascar

3623

624

4247

Egypt

62

22

84

Morocco

6

3

9

Mauritius

36

14

50

Mozambique

3

0

3

Nepal

8162

2065

10227

Niger

7

1

8

Nigeria

243

93

336

Haiti

7

2

9

India

506

159

665

 TOTAL

90942

31649

122602

 
(Source: Statistics Division, Lebanon Ministry of Labour, 2010-2011)
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