Publication Date Monday, June 19, 2017
MarketsMiddle East and Africa
Migrant workers in Qatar, earning as little as USD 70 per week, are facing yet another squeeze as food prices go up. While wealthy Qataris may not notice a difference, the brunt of the crisis is already being felt by impoverished migrants who have no rights under the kafala system. Probable delays in construction projects are likely to add further pressure on the huge migrant workforce, in a country where they have no real recourse to justice. Those who want to leave the country have to get their employer’s permission, and many workers are still paying off debts to recruitment agents who arranged their passage to Qatar. The Qatar government should, as an immediate humanitarian step, remove the kafala exit-permit requirement so that those who want to return home are not trapped in Qatar.
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