BEIRUT: Syria’s parliament has endorsed a new law to regulate the domestic labor sector for Syrians, state news agency SANA said Tuesday.
Labor Minister Hasan Hijazi said the legislation was important for “laying down the foundations, regulations and procedures needed to apply labor policies … in order to replace foreign domestic workers with local ones, and thus create job opportunities and improve the socioeconomic situation of Syrian families.”
Hijazi said the new law would result in reducing the amount of foreign currency that was transferred abroad by employing non-Syrian domestic workers, adding that “there is a rise in demand for domestic labor at present, because women are [entering the work force].”
Before the war, thousands of migrant workers, mainly from Indonesia and the Philippines, were employed in Syria, in addition to the local, informal domestic workers.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 21, 2014, on page 8.