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The Legal Framework of the Sponsorship Systems of the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries: A Comparative Examination

  • Maysa Zahra
Publisher: Gulf Research Center
Date of Publication: Nov 2015
Publications Categories: Research Papers & Analysis


The sponsorship system of the Arab Gulf countries comprises rules and regulations that tie the residence of a migrant worker to his/her sponsor in the country. This paper offers an in-depth examination of the legal framework of the sponsorship system of the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. It looks at different aspects of the system starting with the requirement for sponsorship and ending with the rules on absconding and repatriation.

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