IDWF e-Newsletter #23 – October 2019

The International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) welcomes the dismantling of the core Kafala/ sponsorship system announced by Qatar’s Minister of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs on October 17, 2019.

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On October 17, the Council of Ministers of the state of Qatar announced the endorsement of “new legislation allowing workers to change employers freely”, cancelling the previous requirement of the No-objection Certificate (NOC) that workers needed from their sponsor/Kafeel to allow them to change employers. Moreover, a Ministerial decree was signed on October 16th, 2019 to remove the Exit Permit for all workers, including migrant domestic workers. The cancellation of the NOC and Exit Permit represents concrete steps toward the abolishment of the Kafala/ sponsorship system in Qatar.


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