“Tamkeen”criticizes hate speech against migrants

Tamkeen Field for Aid-   Recently, a number of newly circulated reports and figures have focused on Foreign and Migrant Workers in Jordan.

However and as observed by Tamkeen Fields for Aid, these reports were published without clarifications in regards to context and were general in their tone. Due to Tamkeen’s strong belief that such a practice is considered misleading and is a form of hate speech against this category, we would like to highlight some important figures that these reports did not. According to the figures released by the Criminal Information Department, crimes committed by Migrant of different nationalities registered a decrease by 14%. Thus, out of the 22,695 criminal offenses registered in Jordan, 3,165 crimes were committed by migrants.Tamkeen Field for Aid-   Recently, a number of newly circulated reports and figures have focused on Foreign and Migrant Workers in Jordan.

However and as observed by Tamkeen Fields for Aid, these reports were published without clarifications in regards to context and were general in their tone. Due to Tamkeen’s strong belief that such a practice is considered misleading and is a form of hate speech against this category, we would like to highlight some important figures that these reports did not. According to the figures released by the Criminal Information Department, crimes committed by Migrant of different nationalities registered a decrease by 14%. Thus, out of the 22,695 criminal offenses registered in Jordan, 3,165 crimes were committed by migrants.Furthermore, Tamkeen Fields for Aid would like to emphasize a number of important observations on this subject:
1. A number of the crimes registered in the report to be committed by Migrants are actually complaints filed in the police station. Thus, they have not been reviewed by a court of law and there is no final judicial verdict on them, either of guilt or innocence.

2. The majority of the crimes registered against migrant workers, particularly those of domestic workers, fall under two categories: either them escaping the house of their employer, which is not a felony or a misdemeanour but a violation of the Labour Law; or theft, with most of them being malicious accusations by the employers.

3. There are a number of cases, especially those of theft, that are actually “malicious complaints” made by the employers against the workers. Through the follow up conducted by Tamkeen to the proceedings of 17 such cases, the Centre observed that all of the accused were eventually granted an acquittal, with all of these cases being lodged by employers against their employees.

4. Even though the Rule of Law states that each accused is innocent until proven guilty, we have observed that he Criminal Investigation Department report did not take into account this principal by including in its 14% crimes committed by Migrants in Jordan a number of misdemeanours or pity crimes such as: Escape Complaints, pity theft, and assaults which are only penalised in the Jordanian Penal Code either by imprisonment that does not exceed three years or a monetary fine.

5. The crimes committed by foreigners in Jordan do not and should not be perceived to represent this large segment of our society. The latest figures show that Jordan currently is the host of about three million migrant workers or about 30.1% of the total population. Of these, 315,000 are migrant workers registered with the Ministry of Labour, with almost the same number unregistered; while the number of domestic workers is estimated at 50,000 workers.

Thus and while Tamkeen affirms that it opposes crimes in all of its forms, it also stresses that blaming migrants for multitudes of crimes is a legal and professional error; especially since the proportion of crimes committed by them is considered to be relatively small compared to the total number of crimes committed in the Kingdom. Therefore, we believe that crime must be looked upon impartially without any regard or consideration to the nationality of the perpetrator.Furthermore, we need to keep in mind that there are social, economic and cultural complexities that contribute to the commission of crimes.

Therefore, it the duty of all parties concerned to develop policies that will contribute to the alleviation of crime by dealing with the caused that lead to them to begin with.Based on these observations, we call upon the specialized agencies to accurately describe and report any issues that deals with migrants based on full and accurate information, as well as insure that any discussion made on these issues is conducted in a healthy environment. We also stress that since there is no connection between the accused of any crime and his nationality, there is no need in the insistence of the majority of the stakeholders to mention the nationality when reporting the crime; as such practices usually lead to the community being incited against this category and might also result in their mistreatment or the wrong handling of their cases.