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Kafala System to be Focus of Bangladeshi meet on Migrant Workers

25 February 2013 - Muscat Daily. The Kafala system, followed in GCC countries, will be focus of the two-day International Migrant Workers’ Conference, to be organised by Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, in Dhaka, Bangladesh from February 26.
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The Kafala system, followed in GCC countries, will be focus of the two-day International Migrant Workers’ Conference, to be organised by Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, in Dhaka, Bangladesh from February 26.

The conference is being held in association with the Dhaka unit of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation to develop a better understanding and to discuss preventive measures in the countries of origin of workers employed in GCC nations. Millions of workers from the Philippines, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan work in the Gulf.

The Kafala system monitors migrant workers in Arab countries and requires all workers to have an in-country sponsor, usually their employer, who is responsible for their visa and legal status.

Speaking on the relevance of the workshop, advocate M K Prasad, who will represent GCC countries at the meeting said, “Problems faced by migrant workers and their solutions will be discussed at the meeting.” Prasad is expected to present a paper on the problems faced by workers in foreign countries.

About Oman’s Labour Law, Prasad, who is also on the panel of Indian Embassy’s legal council, said, “The sultanate’s Labour Law actually protects employees without bias. These good areas of the law should be made known to public. Not being aware is the main problem among migrant workers in Oman. The solution to this is paralegal training to people. Situation in some other GCC countries is worse. They need to either enact a new law or make necessary amendments to their existing laws. In this, UN can play a key role.”

Source: http://www.muscatdaily.com/Archive/Oman/Kafala-system-to-be-focus-of-Bangladesh-meet-on-migrant-workers-228v

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