PRO­TECT WORK­ERS, QF STUDY SAYS

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A study com­mis­sioned by Qatar Foun­da­tion has rec­om­mended to the govern­ment to em­ploy ac­cred­ited recruitment agen­cies to pre­vent ex­ploita­tion of mi­grant work­ers.

The re­port en­ti­tled “Mi­grant Labour Recruitment to Qatar” has also sug­gested that sub agents in lo­cal re­gions, another source of de­cep­tion and ex­ploita­tion, should also be reg­u­lated, brought un­der eth­i­cal agen­cies, or not used at all. The re­port found that recruitment agents in the send­ing coun­tries are pay­ing “kick­back” bribes to per­son­nel of em­ploy­ing com­pa­nies in Qatar, rang­ing from $200-$600 (QR728 to QR2184) per worker, to se­cure the labour sup­ply con­tracts. The study also says that most mi­grant work­ers do not sign a con­tract be­fore their de­par­ture to Qatar. Those who do are more of­ten given the con­tract to sign un­der duress, just be­fore their de­par­ture, of­ten at the air­port when the im­pe­tus to leave has al­ready been es­tab­lished, or on ar­rival in Qatar, the re­port adds.

The re­port was com­piled by Dr Ray Jurei­dini, As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor of So­ci­ol­ogy at the In­sti­tute for Mi­gra­tion Stud­ies at the Le­banese Amer­i­can Univer­sity, and Direc­tor of Re­search at the Cen­ter of De­sign In­no­va­tion at Qatar Foun­da­tion.

AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATH­EMA

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