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October 16th, 2020 | Articles, Facts, research, analysis, News, News Flash

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On 30 August 2020, Qatar made sweeping changes to its labour

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laws that tore down its kafala system.

14 October 2020

From here on, migrant workers are free to switch to other jobs
after giving the necessary notice to their former employers. The
new rules establish clear and quite simple procedures for doing
The kafala system, or sponsorship system, is one where a
migrant worker needs a sponsor — usually an employer — to
enter and work in the country (up till 2018, the Qatari sponsor
must also agree before the worker could leave the country).
Such a system effectively gives the sponsor or employer
enormous control over the migrant worker and the kafala
system is widely reviled as an enabler of forced labour.
Until this recent change, migrant workers in Qatar had to obtain
a No Objection Certi cate (NOC) from their employer before

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