Posted on March 18, 2017
The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour & Social Affairs announced that new statistics published on Law No. 21 of 2015 show Qatar is successfully implementing the provisions that came into effect in December 2016.
Statistics by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs from 13 December 2016 to 15 February 2017 show that 109,804 expatriates left Qatar for annual leave or other reasons. During the same period, 74,049 expats permanently departed Qatar after notifying their employer, according to the terms of their contract.
Speaking about the statistics, HE the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour & Social Affairs Dr. Issa bin Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi (pictured) said: "The number of exit permits issued in the first two months demonstrates that the law is being effectively enforced. Over 184,000 expats benefited in this period, which shows that we are delivering on our promises. We have repeatedly expressed our unwavering commitment to labour reform and will continue to develop new policies that generate positive, tangible outcomes for expatriates." In the first two months of the new law, the Exit Permit Grievances Committee - the body established to settle exit disputes- received 761 applications, His Excellency said, adding that Exit Permits were granted within 72 hours in 485 cases, 63 are currently under consideration and in 213 cases workers received an SMS indicating the reason their application was rejected.
5,196 workers successfully changed jobs after completing their employment contract or working five years of an open-ended contract. This compares to 2,288 job transfer cases in 2016 before the law came into effect.
HE the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour & Social Affairs also spoke about the measures being taken to prevent the exploitation of workers in labour-sending countries: "Our worker welfare programme has so far focused on safeguarding the rights and freedoms of workers and improving their working and living conditions. But we are also taking a wider view of the migration cycle and addressing the issues at the source. We continue to cooperate with countries of origin, and have so far signed 36 bilateral agreements."