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13 Dec 2016

International human rights groups & trade unions warn Qatar's new labour law is insufficient, fails to protect migrant workers

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Qatar’s much anticipated labour reforms came into effect on Tuesday 13 December 2016. Law No. 21 of 2015 introduces new provisions regulating the entry, exit and residency requirements of all migrant workers in Qatar. While the government states these reforms demonstrate an end to the ‘kafala’ system of sponsorship-based employment, critics warn Qatar’s new law is insufficient, and fails to adequately protect the 2.1 million migrants currently working in the country.

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