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Exploring the Socio-legal Challenges Faced by Foreign Domestic Workers in Cyprus

Project Coordinator and Principal Researcher: Dr Nasia Hadjigeorgiou
January 2020 - December 2020


Foreign domestic workers are typically the female, third country nationals, who clean the homes of Cypriot families and care for their children, elderly and disabled members when relatives cannot, and the state will not, provide alternative support structures. This project examines foreign domestic workers as a particular category of migrants because of their sheer number and their extreme vulnerability.The project’s research objectives are toidentify the challenges faced by foreign domestic workers in Cyprus and to make recommendations on how such challenges can be addressed at a policy level.

Project Outputs

A leaflet explaining foreign domestic workers’ rights in their native languages has been created.

- You can find the leaflet in English, Nepalese, Philipino, Punjabi, Sinhala and Vietnamese here.


Dr Hadjigeorgiou and Dr Alkiviadou delivered a training session on the rights of foreign domestic workers to members of the Cyprus police force.

- Read more about the event here


The invisible foreign domestic worker, Dr Nasia Hadjigeorgiou, The Justice Project, 7 October 2020

Research Team

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Project Coordinator and Principal Researcher: Nasia Hadjigeorgiou, Assistant Professor in Transitional Justice and Human Rights, School of Law, UCLan Cyprus

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Researcher: Natalie Alkiviadou, Lecturer in EU Law and Human Rights, School of Law, UCLan Cyprus