Qatar to take in expats

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

DUBAI: Qatar plans to al­low some ex­pa­tri­ates to ob­tain per­ma­nent res­i­dency, state news agency QNA re­ported, in the first move of its kind among Gulf Arab states that rely heav­ily on for­eign labour.

A draft law ap­proved at a cab­i­net meet­ing will al­low per­ma­nent res­i­dence to the chil­dren of Qatari women mar­ried to non-Qataris, as well as ex­pa­tri­ates who pro­vide out­stand­ing ser­vices to Qatar.

Gulf Arab coun­tries have a high num­ber of ex­pa­tri­ate work­ers but do not al­low nat­u­ral­i­sa­tion of for­eign­ers ex­cept in rare cases and un­der strict con­di­tions. Reuters

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