Bahrain abolishes sponsorship system for foreign workers

Bahrain will become the second Gulf country to officially ‘abolish’ the kafala (sponsorship) system that governs foreign laborers, according to Alsharq al-Awsat newspaper.

The newspaper added that the decision will take effect starting from April 2017.

 

It said that the new system will include 48,000 employees and it will be implemented gradually and reviewed twice a year during two years.

Qatar has, recently, abolished a similar system which “guarantees greater flexibility, freedom and protection to Qatar’s more than 2.1 million salaried workforce,” according to the Qatar News Agency. 

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