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Egypt finds its nationals new job markets abroad

The difficult economic conditions and nationalization of jobs in Gulf states have caused a problem for Egyptians willing to work overseas, and prompted thousands to return home.
Egyptians living abroad arrive to cast their votes during the first stage of Egypt's parliamentary election at the Egyptian embassy in Doha, Qatar, October 17, 2015. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon - GF10000248038
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CAIRO — The Division of Recruitment Companies at the Cairo Chamber of Commerce held March 3 a meeting, which Al-Monitor attended, to discuss the findings of the committee formed in December 2018 to identify ways out of the crisis facing the recruitment of Egyptians for jobs abroad. The committee was also tasked with proposing alternatives to the Gulf states, which have opted for policies to nationalize jobs available in their markets.

Ahmad al-Rai, recruitment director at the Cairo-based El-Owaida agency, gets dozens of phone calls daily from individuals looking for a job in the Gulf states. He takes the job seekers' contact details and promises to get in touch once work visas are granted again.

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