The new law now allows only a 5% workforce of each company with the most senior positions to have permission. The change in law was issued by the country’s ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani as an Emiri decree on ‘regulating the entry, exit and residency of expatriates”.
The International Labour Organization, a UN agency said it will have a positive impact on the lives of migrant workers in Qatar. “This first step towards full suppression of exit permits is a clear sign of commitment by the government of Qatar to labour reforms and a key milestone in the process,” said Houtan Homayounpour, head of the ILO Project Office for Qatar, in a statement.
Being hosts of the 2022 World Cup, Doha is all set to show how it is tackling allegations of worker exploitation, Reuters reported. Qatar and other Gulf states have a “kafala” or sponsorship system for foreign population, which is widespread in the continent.