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Showing expats the door to leave
Reports say Gulf labor ministers are again debating six- or five-year residency cap for expats.
August 18, 2008 10:11 by kippreport
Many expats in the Gulf may have to start packing their bags. Reports suggest that labor ministers are currently discussing whether foreign workers’ stay in the region, should be capped at five or six years.
The plan, targeting unskilled and semi-skilled workers, first came up last year. The final decision on the cap was supposed to be made at the GCC summit in Doha, but was postponed after public outcry.
Now it seems like the labour ministers are hoping to bring the proposal back to the table.
The reason for the cap is reportedly to stop the erosion of local culture and to reduce the soaring unemployment among nationals.
Now, since the cap is aimed at the unskilled sector, does it mean that taxi drivers are “eroding the region’s culture”? Or does it follow that nationals of Gulf states are going to start doing the construction and cleaning jobs in the region?
The only obvious benefit of the cap seems to be that it will give a chance for laborers to meet their families after every five/six years, though ,most probably, without a job.