Advancing the rights of migrant workers throughout the Middle East

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Anti-Slavery are launching a campaign to raise awareness of forced labour of Nepalis in the Gulf, and to push for the fundamental rights for migrant workers accross the region. An estimated 700,000 Nepalis work in the Gulf, mainly as construction workers and domestic staff, and make up one of the fastest-growing migrant populations in the region.

The campaign will put pressure on governments in the region to  end the sponsorship or ‘kafala’ system and to give workers the right to form trade unions.

The kafala system ties workers’ permission to live and work in their host country to the permission of their sponsor, and forbids them to seek alternative employment. Workers who strike or complain about poor working conditions and abuse risk losing not only their jobs but their permission to remain in the country.

Anti-Slavery will also work to raise awareness of the problem of corrupt recruitment brokers, who charge migrant workers vast sums of money to be brought to the Gulf to work in menial jobs.

Full press release  here

GCC, News & Events, Slavery, Sponsorship, Workers

4 thoughts on “Anti-Slavery Launches Campaign Against Exploitation of Gulf Migrant Workers

  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Barbara Matthiessen, Zashnain Zainal. Zashnain Zainal said: Anti-Slavery Campaign Against Exploitation of Gulf Migrant Workers #humanrights #migrants [...]

  2. [...] me tell you about Dubai. Better yet, let me tell you about kafala. The very same exploitation of cheap labour that exists within Dubai continues as a typical [...]

  3. [...] a place to drink), I wasn’t ready to spend six hours surrounded by recent construction built on kafala. Knowing that migrant workers, their passports confiscated, were trapped in barracks and starved [...]

  4. Bish says:

    The new ambassador of Qatar in the US has fired more than thirteen people upon arrival, slowly like in a russian roulette. Among them are the four cooks that he refuses to pay. He seems to be backed by the higher realms in Doha. It needs investigation.

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Advancing the rights of migrant workers throughout the Middle East