Kafala system, recruitment and working conditions in Qatar

  1. Legal document

    Law No. 19 of 2020 (Removal of NOC requirement)

    08 September 2020

    Law No. 19 of 2020 amends certain provisions of Law No. 21 of 2015 related. Workers no longer need a No Objection Certificate to change employers in Qatar.

  2. Article

    SMS campaign targets health and rights of domestic workers during COVID-19 crisis

    19 May 2020

    An SMS message campaign launched in Qatar is helping strengthen awareness amongst domestic workers and their employers on how to cope with the COVID-19 crisis.

  3. Statement

    Protecting the most vulnerable: Why protecting the rights of migrant workers remains a critical priority

    18 December 2019

    ILO Regional Director for Arab States Dr. Ruba Jaradat reflects on the importance of International Migrants Day for millions of workers in the Middle East

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    Press release

    Landmark labour reforms signal end of kafala system in Qatar

    16 October 2019

    Freedom to change jobs, removal of exit permits and non-discriminatory minimum wage to enter into force by January 2020.

  5. Video

    International Domestic Workers Day 2019 – Qatar

    30 June 2019

  6. News

    International Domestic Workers Day celebrated in Qatar with fun-filled event

    16 June 2019

    Celebration highlights rights, lives and contribution of domestic workers

  7. News

    International Domestic Workers Day to be marked in Qatar

    12 June 2019

    All domestic workers and their employers invited to celebrate the International Domestic Workers Day at a fun and informative event.

  8. News

    Public sector clients pledge action to foster fair recruitment

    21 May 2019

    Leading public institutions pledge support for national efforts to ensure fair recruitment of migrant workers in Qatar

  9. News

    Fair recruitment to the fore in Qatar

    06 February 2019

    Fair recruitment features prominently in the technical cooperation programme signed between the International Labour Organization and the State of Qatar. Alix Nasri, Labour Migration and Employment Specialist based at the ILO Project Office in Doha explains what is being done.

  10. Domestic workers

    “Thank you Soma”: ILO documentary explores relationship between migrant domestic workers and Arab youth

    18 December 2018

    On the occasion of International Migrants Day, the ILO premieres a new documentary that aims to challenge common perceptions about migrant domestic workers.