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Lucy, a Filipino migrant worker in Amman, Jordan, requested that her full name not be used, fearing to speak on a sensitive topic.Lucy's experience is typical of the problems facing many migrant workers in Jordan, struggling amid miserable treatment by their employers – and sometimes by the Jordanian authorities themselves.Detailing the difficulties migrant workers experience in Jordan, Linda al-Kalash, the executive director of the Tankeem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights, explained in an interview how employers withheld passports from their workers, preventing them from renewing their labor permit.The Jordanian Department of Statistics notes that approximately 280,000 migrants have officially registered in Jordan, but the number of workers including undocumented migrants is probably much higher.Kilani emphasized that the government also needed to consider the rights of the employers, as some migrant workers ran away from their homes after employers invested thousands of dollars to bring them to Jordan.Zoubi explained how many migrant workers did not receive a fair trial or their salaries, which employers unlawfully withheld.
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