Migrant Agricultural Workers in Israel

Migrant agricultural workers, the majority of whom are from Thailand, make up 35 percent of workers in Israel’s agricultural center. The Thailand-Israel Cooperation (TIC), signed in 2012, protects workers from exorbitant and unlawful recruitment costs. However, migrant workers represent a vulnerable and often exploited population during their time in Israel due to their tenuous legal status, insufficient legislature regarding the rights of migrant workers in Israel, irregular working conditions and language barriers. This report describes the current working and living conditions facing migrant agricultural workers in Israel, indicates where there is room for improvement, and offers recommendations to the government about how to strive for fair the treatment of migrant agricultural workers.

Female Migrant Agricultural Workers in Israel and Gender- Based Violations of Labor Rights

Representing only 10 percent of migrant agricultural workers in Israel, women endure all of the challenges inherent to the migrant labor sector in addition to gender-specific aspects of exploitation and abuse. This report explores the vulnerable situation of migrant agricultural workers in Israel, describes the specific disadvantages experienced by female workers and indicates a multi-step approach to ameliorating their situation.