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Qatar to end controversial migrant worker restrictions

Oct 17, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Qatar has introduced a series of reforms to its 'kafala' sponsorship system since its selection to host the 2022 World Cup, which set in motion a huge construction program employing foreign workers

QATAR. Migrant workers are seen walking next to a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Ever since being chosen as the 2022 World Cup host, Qatar's labor laws have been internationally condemned and kafala has been at the heart of that criticism. AFP photo

Qatar to scrap controversial exit system for workers – experts

Apr 29, 2018 - 9:01 PM

(UPDATED) Critics slam the exit visa system as a prime example of the Gulf state's exploitation of its vast migrant workforce

'A national shame': The death and homecoming of Joanna Demafelis

Mar 04, 2018 - 12:07 AM

In May 2014, Joanna Demafelis left for Kuwait to help secure a better future for her family. She comes home in a box nearly 4 years later.

DOLE eyes deployment ban to Middle East

Feb 28, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says an expanded deployment ban may be enforced if other Arab countries fail to strengthen protection for Filipino workers

SEEKING INVESTMENTS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Qatari businessmen during the Philippines-Qatar Business Forum on April 15, 2017 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Doha, Qatar. Malacañang photo

Philippine officials meet OFWs in Kuwait amid labor row

Feb 25, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says the deployment ban will not be lifted until safety guarantees are secured

Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III (C), Undersecretary for Workers Protection, Human Resource, and Internal Auditing Services Cluster in the Filipino Department of Labour, speaks during a meeting with the Filipino community at his country's embassy in Kuwait City on February 24, 2018. The employers of the murdered 29-year-old Filipina maid Joanna Demafelis, whose body was found dead in a freezer in Kuwait, were both arrested in the Syrian capital Damascus, a Lebanese judicial official said on February 24. The murder had sparked outrage in the Philippines and prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to impose a departure ban for Filipinos planning to work in Kuwait. / AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

WATCH: Migrant life in Qatar

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:04 PM

Qatar's population is made up mostly of migrant workers

AWAY. Workers sacrifice being away from their families to provide for them. Graphics by Emil Mercado

How the kafala system enslaves workers in Qatar

Sep 09, 2017 - 5:00 PM

In the Middle East, an unregulated labor market gives employers so much control over workers but limits workers from airing grievances and complaints

The workers make a queue to go to the stadium to see the final of the Workers cup 2016. It's their main entertainment in the whole year. Photo by OM

WATCH: A look inside Qatar's labor camps

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:59 PM

Majority of Qatar's migrant labor force live inside camps set up far away from the city center

Qatar's workers seek security with labor law change

Dec 12, 2016 - 10:42 AM

Qatar is expected to announce the end of its controversial kafala sponsorship law replacing it with a contract based system for workers

A migrant worker carries a pole at a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Stringer/AFP

Qatar failing to deliver on labor reform – Amnesty

May 21, 2015 - 9:52 AM

Amnesty says Doha has failed to deliver reforms in key areas such as pay the kafala system and curbs on changing employers

UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Foreign construction workers work at the construction site of Lusail Multipurpose Sports Hall in Doha, Qatar, November 19, 2013. Stringer/EPA

Qatar hopes to end 'kafala' system in 2015 – minister

May 05, 2015 - 9:21 AM

Labor minister: We discussed it our stakeholders have looked at it Now it is on track

In this file photo, foreign construction workers leave a construction site in Doha, Qatar, 19 November 2013. Stringer/EPA

Qatar to junk oppressive visa system for OFWs

Nov 24, 2014 - 8:23 PM

Labor Minister Abdullah Saleh Al Khulaifi says his country needs more skilled manpower from the Philippines given Qatar s expanding economy

World Cup host Qatar vows to change 'kafala' labor law

Nov 16, 2014 - 2:34 PM

Qatar s treatment of its massive foreign workforce has been under the international spotlight as it launches a massive construction program for the world football showcase in 2022

Foreign construction workers leave a construction site in Doha, Qatar, 19 November 2013. Stringer/EPA

UAE rejects HRW report on abuse of foreign maids

Oct 25, 2014 - 8:42 AM

The report drew hasty conclusions based on unrepresentative cases a UAE official says

Filipino victims of abuse in UAE back in PH to help OFWs

Oct 24, 2014 - 9:38 AM

They vow to warn would be OFWs of the dangers of not fighting for one s rights

Philippines fails to implement pro-OFW law – watchdog

Oct 23, 2014 - 10:25 PM

OFWs who have been abused in the UAE slam the Philippine government for slow progress of labor cases and laxity in monitoring proper implementation of labor contracts

Migrant domestic workers in UAE treated like 'animals'

Oct 23, 2014 - 10:00 AM

The UAE should reform its kafala system so domestic workers can change employers without their consent and without losing valid immigration status says Human Rights Watch