Migrant Workers

Georgetown University in Qatar offers a 4-day Human Rights Capacity Building Program in collaboration with The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) and Migrant Forum Asia (MFA). The aim of the program is to build knowledge and understanding of international human rights and labor standards and their relevance to the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar.

With the government of Qatar having made significant commitments to reform law, policy and practice on migrant workers, this is a timely program to give individuals an understanding of relevant international standards and the current reforms – in a global context.

The program enables participants to more effectively use internationally agreed standards and mechanisms in their own efforts to ensure respect for the human rights of migrant workers. The program also provides a valuable forum for the sharing of knowledge and skills, and collaboration building.


Who should attend the training?

All those interested in supporting migrant worker rights or working with migrant support communities based in Qatar were invited to register. Applicants are generally interested and committed to learning more and working with others to promote and protect the rights of workers. Consideration is given to ensuring a gender balance in the student cohort. The program is conducted in English with simultaneous Arabic interpretation.


What do participants gain from the program?

  • Knowledge and understanding of international human rights and labor standards
  • Increased capacity to integrate knowledge of the international human rights framework, and specific human rights treaties including CMW, ILO Conventions and human rights mechanisms and complaints processes into work environment to promote and protect the rights of workers
  • Increased understanding of how civil society, NHRIs, business, and the UN system can collaborate in building respect for the rights of migrant workers
  • Knowledge and understanding gained from interaction with experienced practitioners
  • The opportunity to develop collaborative working relationships in this key area
  • Participants completing the four-day program receive a certificate of participation


Sample Schedule

Session Day 1  Day 2  Day 3  Day 4 

8:00 - 9:30 

Registration and Welcome Remarks

Welcome Speech: Qatar’s Labor Reforms

Towards A Humane Economy – Labor Migration and the Global Compact on Safe  Migration in Qatar/GCC


Introduction to the ILO System: Core Labor Standards and Conventions relating to Migrant Workers

Reforming Recruitment- Addressing the challenges in the country of origin and destination


9:30 - 9:45

Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break

9:45 - 11:15

Participants Introduction, Training outline; Identification of Key issues

Panel - Qatar’s labor reforms: what has been achieved and what is planned?

Monitoring and ensuring implementation of labor reforms

Key ILO Standards – An Introduction & Practical Exercise  

Creating Spaces for Workers Voices - challenges and achievements

Joint-committees in enterprises:

11:15 - 12:45

Introduction to International Human Rights Standards and Migrant Workers

Business and Human Rights – An Introduction to Key Standards and the Responsibilities of Companies

Domestic Workers, C 189 – and the New Legal Framework in Qatar - Shared Responsibilities of Government and Business - Practical Session

Recapping and Consolidation Session

12:45 - 1:30

Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch

1:30 - 2:45

Introduction to Human Rights and The UN System

Perspectives and Approaches on Implementation - Practitioners Panel

Domestic Worker Cont'd...

Participant Evaluations & Closing Ceremony



Trainers on DTP/MFA programs are experienced and highly respected local, regional and international human rights practitioners, academics, and officials who understand and support DTP’s philosophy of participatory training.


Training Methodology

The DTP recognizes and values the experiences and skills that participants bring to its programs. The opportunity to share experiences and lessons with other participants and trainers is one of the real benefits and highlights of participating in the program. The training methodology is interactive with an emphasis on group work, role plays, case studies and discussion. The training will be conducted in English, with simultaneous translation provided in Arabic.


Background of the Program

The treatment of migrant workers is one of the key human rights challenges of the region and the 21st Century. Rapid economic change is driving more people to cross borders in search of decent work. Increasingly women are migrating for work, and they are particularly vulnerable to abuse and violations of their human rights. Ensuring the rights of all individuals is a duty of the state, but also the responsibility of businesses, employers, and individuals. 

Qatar hosts millions of migrant workers who are building its infrastructure, its roads, and rail, its homes, hospitals and schools, its stadiums and hotels. Migrant workers from many countries provide the care and services to the children, the elderly and sick in homes, hospitals, hotels and shops and more. The wages they send home to families are lifting communities out of poverty.  

The government of Qatar has embarked on an ambitious program of reform, to lead on these issues and has invited the assistance and support of the ILO. Implementation of these reforms requires the building of knowledge and understanding, changes in the way that business is done and new approaches and thinking. This program will assist participants to work together in developing new approaches and practical strategies to protect and promote migrant worker rights.


Past Program Partners

Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) is an independent NGO affiliated with the Faculty of Law at UNSW Sydney, Australia. It advances human rights and empowers civil society through quality education and training and the building of skills and capacity in NGOs.

Migrant Forum Asia (MFA) is a regional network of NGOs, associations and trade unions of migrant workers, and individual advocates in Asia who are committed to protecting and promoting the rights and welfare of migrant workers. It is guided by a vision of an alternative world system based on respect for human rights and dignity, social justice, and gender equity, particularly for migrant workers.  

Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) is dedicated to fulfilling Georgetown University’s mission of promoting intellectual, ethical and spiritual understanding through serious and sustained discourse among people of different faiths, cultures, and beliefs.


Registration Fee

A registration fee is required upon online registration and includes the cost of meals provided during the program. 

Registration fee waivers are available with preference being given to non-government organization, students, and for those with funding difficulties. You are invited to enquire about the waiver.


Further Information

To learn more please contact us at +974 4457 8415 between 8 am and 4 pm Qatar standard time or email the Executive and Professional Education department.