Asian Review


AKM Ahsan Ullah

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The paper examines how migrant domestic workers, children and adults, make their ways to Egypt and secure employment. The paper also analyzes international legal instruments that constitute the international legal framework governing migration and trafficking to draw connections between these legal instruments and the status of Asian migrant domestic workers in Egypt. This paper is based on qualitative research conducted between 2012 and 2013 with 16 child migrant workers and 25 adult migrant workers selected using snowball sampling. This study analyzes the circumstances of child and adult domestic workers. Adult domestic workers are generally freelancers, and usually stay in Egypt without any legal documents, while child domestic workers are live-in workers mostly staying in Egypt with legal documents. The conditions of the majority of live-in child migrant workers are extremely exploitative which stands in sharp contrast to human rights standards regarding minors.



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