Activists protest along migrant domestic workers as they demand basic labor rights during a march at Beirut's seaside, Sunday, April 28, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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BEIRUT: International attention toward the refugee crisis and illegal migration to Europe has overshadowed another persistent issue in the region: human trafficking and the exploitation of migrant workers.Among the challenges facing the Middle East, according to the report, was the need to support over 4 million Syrian refugees, in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. This was in addition to Iraqi refugees who had to flee from Daesh's brutality, the report added. A total 243 human trafficking victims were assisted by IOM, but the report analyzes 162 cases.Some migrant workers are still heading to Syria, she added.Although exploitation usually occurs in the receiving country, the exploitation of migrant workers can also occur in the sending country.Lebanon is overwhelmed by the refugee crisis, and although the civil society is active in advocating for support to victims, a lot more needs to be done.
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