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Media & Resources

Has the Qatari government ‘abolished’ the Kafala system?

In recent news, the Qatari government has made the announcement that it has abolished Kafala, the exploitative labour system used throughout the Middle East. It effectively ties employees to their employers without the opportunity to change jobs or leave the country without their employer’s permission. Those who do not seek permission can face deportation or arrest. Reports suggest that construction workers have died because of appalling working conditions in the construction of the World Cup stadiums, while domestic workers working in private homes are particularly vulnerable to horrendous physical, psychological and sexual abuse.