Qatar is Easing its Regulations for Foreign Workers

On Wednesday, Qatar stated that it is taking back the contentious regulations that mandate some workers to get permission to exit the country and prevent certain workers from switching organizations without employers’ permission.

Since winning the bid to host the 2022 World Cup, the country had brought multiple reforms to its “kafala” sponsorship system as the successful bid led to a large construction plan employing foreign workers.

The exit visa compulsion was removed last year for most workers and will be removed for the remaining workers by the authorities.

Yousuf Mohamed al-Othman Fakhroo, Labor Minister in an event said:

Cabinet has adopted new legislation related to a new law for minimum wage and also a new regulation to facilitate labor transfer to a new employer. And a draft law to abolish exit permits.

Currently, over two million overseas workers are employed in Qatar, most work directly or indirectly on huge World Cup infrastructure projects.

Earlier this year, the gas-rich Gulf state stated it was dedicated to labor reforms, on the heels of an Amnesty International report that the 2022 World Cup host was lax in curbing prevalent abuse of workers.

  • These steps will greatly support the rights of migrant workers, while contributing to a more efficient and productive economy

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