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Over 800 workers, including around 60 women, employed or recruited by Sea Bird Supermarket have been left stranded for more than a month in Dubai. All of them have paid between AED1000 and AED3000 in hefty recruitment fees to their employer.

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Construction work continues across the GCC, despite concerns about community transmission.

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The UAE passed a Ministerial Resolution addressing concerns of employment and job security in the private sector. Companies affected by COVID-19 could ‘reorganize the work structure’ through a 5-step process.

These measures apply only to ‘non-citizen’ employees – a discrimination that renders migrant workers (of all income brackets) as completely dispensable. Nearly 89% of UAE’s 9.7 million population are non-citizens.

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Qatar earmarks  QR 3 billion to ensure workers & rent on business premises such as labour accommodations are paid.

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Kuwait has announced an amnesty for irregular migrants between April 1 and April 30.  Migrants who have overstayed their visas or are otherwise undocumented will be allowed to leave the country without paying fines and will be allowed re-entry in the future. Only select migrants are eligible to regularise their stay by paying a fine.

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The Philippines has lifted a ban on deployment of domestic workers to Kuwait following an agreement on a Standard Work Contract for Filipino domestic workers.

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Kuwait’s Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs issued an order prohibiting the issuance of new licenses to expatriate students and nurses in a bid to “solve the problem of traffic congestion.”

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Bahrain’s Shura Council unanimously voted against a proposed amendment to the labour law that would guarantee employers to pay their workers on time and in full.

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Qatar passed a law today abolishing the exit permit for the majority of workers in Qatar. The most significant inclusion is domestic workers, who are not covered under the labour law, but under Law No. 15 of 2017 on domestic workers.

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The UAE’s Ministry of Human Resource and Emiratisation (MOHRE) has raised the minimum household income required to sponsor a domestic worker from AED6,000 to AED25,000.

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The Phillippines has implemented a partial ban on domestic workers to Kuwait following the murder of a 26-year-old domestic worker, Jeanelyn Padernal Villavende, by her employers.

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Kuwait has banned the recruitment of domestic workers from 23 African and two Asian countries, according to a new circular issued by the General Directorate of Residence Affairs of Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior.

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Oman’s Minister of Manpower has issued Ministerial Order 517/2019, which renews a temporary suspension on issuing visas to recruit migrant workers in construction and cleaning sectors for another 6 months.

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The UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) announced that domestic workers over the age of 60 can renew their contract and stay with their sponsor under certain conditions.

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Bahrain has halved the amount foreigners need to invest to self-sponsor, from 100,000 BHD (USD 265,222)  to 50,000 BHD (USD 132,611), in a bid to boost investment in the country. Expats and their dependents who meet the investor visa criteria will be given a renewable 2 to 10 years residence permit without a sponsor.

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Kuwait’s Ministry of Health has approved a decision to double birth delivery fees for migrant women covered under the national health insurance scheme from 50 KD to 100 KD.

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