Saudi Arabia announces reforms pertaining to conditions of migrant labours

Saudi Arabia has announced a series of reform measures to improve the plight of migrant labours in the country.  

The Ministry of Human Resource and Social Development said the reforms will allow foreign workers the right to change jobs by transferring their sponsorship from one employer to another, leave and re-enter the country and secure final exit visas without the consent of their employer, which had long been required.  

Deputy Minister Abdullah bin Nasser Abuthnain said the new so-called “Labor Relation Initiative” is slated to come into effect in March 2021, affecting potentially around a third of Saudi Arabia’s total population, or approximately 10 million foreign workers in the kingdom.  

The reforms are part of a broader plan known as Vision 2030 spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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