The ILO in Qatar

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    Qatar has been a member of the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 1972 and has ratified six conventions including five of the fundamental conventions. Since 2017 Qatar and the ILO have entered into a three-year technical cooperation programme to carry out extensive labour reforms. This focusses on areas including wage levels and payment, reform of the sponsorship system (kafala) and the promotion of workers voice. More on Qatar

With ILO Support Qatar:

  1. Labour Migration

    • Introduced reforms to the Kafala (sponsorship) system.
    • Passed a law to abolish the exit permit for non-domestic foreign workers.

  2. Enterprise Development

    • Launched 104 start-ups and created 416 jobs.


  1. Ways forward in recruitment of low-­skilled migrant workers in the Asia-­Arab states corridor

    Within the Asia-Arab States corridor, the ILO Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS) and the ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) have collaborated with constituents to promote fair migration during several forums. It outlines – in Section 1 - the main challenges to fair recruitment in the Asia-Arab States corridor, and proposes concrete measures for reform (in Section 2).