Saudi Arabia to remove some key 'kafala' restrictions on migrant labourers

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday announced reforms that will abolish some key restrictions of its controversial “kafala” sponsorship system, which ties millions of low-paid and vulnerable migrant workers to their employers in conditions that have been rife with abuse and exploitation.The Ministry of Human Resource and Social Development said the reforms will allow foreign workers the right to change jobs by transferring their sponsorship from one employer to another, leave and re-enter the country and secure final exit visas without the consent of their employer, which had long been required.Deputy M…

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