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Will kafala system come to an end in Gulf countries soon?

Egyptian expats expressed hope after Egypt and Kuwait signed a memorandum of understanding to regulate the status and sponsorship of workers, which paves the way for the elimination of the controversial kafala system.
Migrant workers, who work for Saudi Binladin Group, gather as they ask for a final settlement over salary issue, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser/File Photo - S1BETCGXSMAA

Calls for abolishing the kafala (sponsorship) system in the Middle East have been revived again following the memorandum of understanding signed between Egypt and Kuwait on Dec. 5, to regulate the sponsorship of Egyptian workers. The memorandum is paving the way for the elimination of this controversial system under which migrants work.

Under the memorandum — inked on the sidelines of the activities of the joint Egyptian-Kuwaiti committee in Kuwait — Egyptian workers can immigrate through an e-linkage system.

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