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Gulf economic slowdown sees foreign workers trapped by debts

Posted by jaypee 23 days ago Qatar
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Doha, Qatar — The economic slowdown gripping countries across the Persian Gulf can be seen in layoffs, slowed construction projects and government cutbacks. For the millions of foreign workers drawn by brighter job prospects, it can have a far-darker side if they find themselves deep in debt.

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50 recruitment agencies sign pledge of commitment

Posted by jaypee 34 days ago Qatar
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As many as 50 recruitment agencies based in Qatar have pledged to engage in “responsible recruitment and placement” of migrant workers, an official of the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (Polo) in Doha has said.


Labour attaché David Des T Dicang said the recruitment agencies signed a pledge of commitment during the culminati Read More

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Qatar expects foreign worker fingerprint archives to be digitized by mid-year

Posted by jaypee 65 days ago Qatar
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April 18, 2016 - 


According to a senior official in the Qatar Ministry of Interior, archiving of fingerprinting of foreign workers will be fully digital by the middle of this year.


Local media reports that the digitization of more than 1.6 million fingerprints has been completed and the remaining are expected to be converted into electronic f Read More

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PressTV-Qatar opens major camp for foreign workers

Posted by jaypee 237 days ago Qatar
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The new camp, called "Labor City," will also contain two police stations in addition to Qatar's second largest mosque and its construction has cost about USD 825 million (about 750 million euros), AFP reported.


The Labor City is expected to accommodate a total of 68,640 workers when it reaches full capacity.

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Privileges for household workers on the cards

Posted by jaypee 252 days ago Qatar
http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com —

DOHA: There is the likelihood that domestic workers in the GCC countries may be entitled to privileges like annual bonus, gratuity and paid annual leave with return air fare, among other things.

One of the largest employers of household workers, the GCC states are currently busy developing a common or unified format of employment contract for household sector workers.

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Qatar to co-operate with IOM on migrant returns

Posted by jaypee 283 days ago Qatar
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The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and  Qatar have signed in Kathmandu a memorandum of understanding which will see them working together over the next two years to provide voluntary return and reintegration assistance to stranded migrants.

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Islamic scholar: Qatar ‘needs to take care’ of its foreign workers - Doha News

Posted by jaypee 285 days ago Qatar
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Asserting that migrant workers should not “lose their freedom for a piece of bread,” researchers and religious scholars have called on Qatar and other countries to improve foreigners’ treatment so that it is more in line with Islamic traditions and values.


In addition to overhauling its kafala sponsorship system, there needs to be a shift in attitudes so that fore Read More

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Qatar said to agree changes to kafala system for foreign workers

Posted by jaypee 287 days ago Qatar
http://www.arabianbusiness.com —

Qatar has reportedly agreed changes to its controversial kafala sponsorship system for foreign workers as its construction industry revs up for the 2022 World Cup tournament.

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