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New exit permit rule draws positive reactions

  • 8 November 2018
  • Author: QT01
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New exit permit rule draws positive reactions
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Qatar’s recent decision to amend its residency law for expatriates, allowing most foreign workers to leave the country without exit permits from the employers, has mostly drawn positive reactions from several quarters within Qatar, according to a new online survey.
In the Twitter poll held on the official handle of the Ministry of Interior, about 49 percent of the 2,700 respondents said they supported the decision. While 37 percent did not approve of the move, 14 percent said they had no firm opinion on the issue. 
“The  abolishment of the exit permit system will increase competition, and things will improve for the better,” Ahmed Salem said on Twitter. 
“It will also reduce the pressure on the sponsor (the employer) in terms of his obligations towards the worker and the security authorities,” he added.
“The decision will improve Qatar’s global reputation and augurs well with its human rights and labour reforms.”
Another respondent wrote: “The law is good. The best part of it is that the list of those who still need an exit permit to leave the country should be pre-approved.”
Under the amended provisions of the Law No. 13 of 2018, issued by the Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani on September 4, employers can still request exit permits for up to 5 percent of their workforce, depending on the nature of their work.
“But some companies need more than 5 percent,” the respondent said. Several others have also expressed their concerns regarding the decision. 
“What happens when a foreign national commits a criminal offence? I agree with this decision, if the rights of those who might be affected by such crimes are guaranteed,” wrote one user.
A few others echoed similar opinion.
Another  user wrote: “Where are the rights of owners of companies and institutions? How does a worker travel without my knowledge? And what if there are financial obligations consequent to it?”

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